☷US Department of Labor announces $8M funding availability to advance equitable inclusive workforce service delivery for people with disabilities | U S Department of Labor
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US Department of Labor announces $8M funding availability to advance equitable , inclusive workforce service delivery for people with disabilities Awardee will manage center for innovation , policy development WASHINGTON – The U . S . Department of Labor today announced the availability of $8 million in funding over four years to manage the Leadership for the Employment and Economic Advancement of People with Disabilities Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Policy Development Center . Administered by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy , the LEAD Center is currently operated by a third - party contractor , and will soon be funded by the grant announced today . Once awarded , the center will continue to ensure people with disabilities , including those from historically underserved communities , have equal access to publicly funded workforce programs and services . The LEAD Center focuses on advancing economic self - sufficiency for people with disabilities , creating career pathways to competitive integrated employment and increasing data reporting on disability through WIOA programs . “Many people with disabilities make important contributions to our nation’s economy , but systemic barriers prevent others from preparing for and obtaining employment , achieving financial independence and reaching their full potential , ” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy Taryn M . Williams . “Initiatives like the LEAD Center are intended to address these inequities and ensure all workers , from all backgrounds , have access to workforce services . ”The LEAD Center is a core component of ODEP’s ongoing work with publicly funded workforce programs and services to maximize opportunities for people with disabilities , including those with significant disabilities , to set and achieve personal goals for success in competitive integrated employment . CIE is employment in a community setting where most workers do not have disabilities and employees with disabilities are paid directly by their employer at the greater of the minimum or prevailing wage . Apply for the funding opportunity by the June 11 , 2022 deadline .
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