Capacity Building: Overview

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Questions (to answer individually or as a team)

  • Are you aware of targeted grants funding within your state that aims to increase employment of people with disabilities and their outcomes?
  • Are there Navigators, Disability Resource Coordinators, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Counselors and/or other staff with disability expertise co-located within your state’s American Job Centers (AJCs) that support capacity buidling?
  • Are you aware of all national/state/local Technical Assistance (TA) available to your state/local Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) system?
  • Are you aware of promising practices that have been effectively implemented nationwide, such as Customized Employment and Integrated Resource Teams (IRTs), to improve employment of people with disabilities?
  • Are there AJCs or other organizations in your state that have become Employment Networks (EN) and do they collaborate with Work Incentives & Benefits Planning staff to assist beneficiaries of Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insuran
  • Are you aware of all of the ways to access and pay for Work Incentives and Benefits Planning?

Actions (to take individually or as a team)

  • Research and identify grants that are being implemented across your state that may be replicated to help build capacity in serving people with disabilities, and/or grants for which you can apply.
  • Identify national, state, and/or local TA that may support your efforts to expand employment to people with disabilities.
  • If targeted grants are not in place, research national promising practices, including Customized Employment and Employment First on the LEAD Center website that can be implemented in your programs or through partnerships.
  • Explore the level of active resource coordination in your region for people with multiple employment challenges and how partners are working together to serve them.
  • Use the Data and Resources to Inspire a Vision of Employment (DRIVE) website and resources to identify state policies, practices, technical assistance initiatives, and outcomes that are focused directly or indirectly on the employment of individuals with
  • Learn how your AJC/organization can become an Employment Network (EN) and how to partner with organizations in the state/local area that provide Work Incentives & Benefits Planning to better serve SSI/SSDI recipients.
  • Research the availability of Work Incentives and Benefits Planning and their funding streams.