Governor Shapiro has proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month. We celebrate all workers with disabilities and also celebrate the services and supports that allow them to succeed.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has announced a funding opportunity for $1.5 million to support the first year of a cooperative agreement for a policy development center focused on advancing employment opportunities and outcomes for disabled youth. The funding will support research, engage with the workforce system and its partners, and identify effective policies and practices that support disabled youth employment. It will also help provide resources and training to help support their transition to adulthood.
The funding will continue the work of the Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth. DOL created the center in 2019 to improve employment outcomes for youth and young adults with disabilities by helping states expand their delivery of youth services and strengthening workforce systems.
DOL anticipates the availability of $7.5 million in funds for a five-year period, subject to federal fund availability, at $1.5 million per year. Apply by Wednesday, July 12, 2023.
Attendees will learn how to develop an employer-focused approach to negotiating customized job descriptions on behalf of individuals with disabilities. Participants seeking certification are expected to commit approximately 40 hours of fieldwork with/on behalf of a learning partner under the guidance of Marc Gold & Associates (MGA) over the course of 4 months. This is the prerequisite training to complete certification through MG&A.
*Certification in Discovery is a prerequisite for seeking certification in Job Development.
Daily, Online Zoom Meeting
October 3, 2022 – October 5, 2022
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: This training will be done completely online. Registrants must have a computer or laptop with a webcam. The training will use Zoom to host the conference. Registrants will not be able to join by phone.
Who Is This For: Parents and Families, Job Coaches and Job Developers, Supports Coordinators, School Personnel involved in Student Planning, OVR Counselors, and Transition Coordinators