U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Employment and Training Administration
Washington, D. C. 20210

CLASSIFICATION

disAbility Empl.
Grant Program

CORRESPONDENCE SYMBOL

TD

ISSUE DATE

February 3, 1999

RESCISSIONS

None

EXPIRATION DATE

Continuing

DIRECTIVE : TRAINING AND EMPLOYMENT INFORMATION NOTICE NO. 17-98
 
TO : ALL STATE JTPA LIAISONS
ALL STATE WORKER ADJUSTMENT LIAISONS
ALL STATE EMPLOYMENT SECURITY AGENCIES
ALL ONE-STOP CAREER CENTER SYSTEM LEADS
 
FROM : DAVID HENSON
Director
Office of Regional Management
 
SUBJECT : Department of Labor Program Year 1998 disAbility Employment Grants

 

  1. Purpose. To notify the workforce development system of the Employment and Training Administration's disAbility Employment Grant program and current disAbility Employment Grantees.

  2. Background. For more than 15 years, the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (DOL/ETA) has funded grants to non-profit organizations for the purpose of providing training and job placement services to people with disabilities. On July 1, 1998, ETA awarded $6.8 million for 15 new grants using Job Training and Partnership Act Titles III and IV funding. The grant performance period is one year plus two option years.

    The disAbility Employment Grants emphasize coordination, innovation, and quality outcomes. Several of these grants have established linkages with the One-Stop Center system to provide technical assistance and more comprehensive provision of services to individuals with disabilities seeking employment and training through the new workforce development system. Such enhanced services may include "wrap-around" services, benefits counseling on work incentives and health care coverage associated with Social Security Administration benefit programs, information on transportation, job coaching, personal assistance needs, or other on-the-job accommodations.

    Some of the disAbility Employment Grantees are co-located within a One-Stop or are in the process of establishing relationships with the One-Stop system in their respective States. In fact, the Montana Job Training Partnership grantee is administered jointly by Montana and Wyoming workforce systems.

    The disAbility Employment Grants are also intended to support the objectives of Executive Order 13078, "Increasing the Employment of Adults with Disabilities" and other systems change initiatives funded by the Department of Education's Rehabilitation Services and Social Security Administration, with funding support from DOL. In this respect, ETA's disAbility Employment Grants reflect partnerships with diverse public and/or private entities, includ- ing required partners under the Workforce Investment Act, to leverage scarce resources and address multiple barriers commonly faced by people with disabilities.

    Several of the disAbility Employment Grants provide unique training opportunities in the Information Technology industry or other innovative "work first" approaches and follow-up services to maximize successful employment outcomes, job retention and long-term career advancement.

  3. Action. Please share the attached information with local service delivery areas, workforce development centers, and other organizations which serve people with disabilities.

  4. Inquiries. Additional information on services to people with disabilities can be obtained from the disAbility Employment and Initiatives homepage at: http://www.wdsc.org/disability, or by contacting either Alexandra Kielty, Disability Policy Specialist at (202) 219-5500, ext. 125 or Sandra Y. Johnson, Federal Representative on ext. 185.

  5. Attachments. 

    1. Program year 1998 disAbility Employment Grants: Summary Information on each Grant Program

    2. Program Year 1998 "disAbility Employment Grantees"