• 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?

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.