In support of Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) aims to expand the capacity of American Job Centers to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of people with disabilities. DEI seeks to accomplish the following three overarching goals:
- Increase access to and the participation of individuals with disabilities in WIOA-funded employment and training services, particularly those related to career pathways, in partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) programs; community colleges and other education entities; human service agencies; and business partners;
- Improve training and employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities and support businesses; and
- Increase the number of workforce entities functioning as Employment Networks (ENs).
To date, 55 DEI projects in 30 states either received grants or entered into cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of Labor. Visit the DEI page on Workforce GPS for current and historical information about the DEI grant. There you will find information on the following: