Disability Employment Initiative (DEI)
Since 2010, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has awarded over $95 million to thirty-seven projects within twenty-six states under the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of youth and adults with disabilities by refining and expanding already identified successful workforce strategies. The DEI is jointly funded and administered by the DOL's Employment and Training Administration (ETA) and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP).
DEI projects build upon the Disability Program Navigator initiative by hiring staff with expertise in disability and workforce to serve as Disability Resource Coordinators (DRCs). Starting in 2014, DEI grantees will increase the participation of adults and youth with disabilities in existing career pathway systems and programs implemented in the American Job Centers (AJCs). The DEI is helping to support career pathways systems and programs to develop job-driven innovative, integrated, flexible, and universally-designed service delivery strategies that effectively increase the participation of individuals with disabilities in the workforce system.