DEI Best Practices Highlights
This page contains mini-brief summaries of disability and employment best practices currently being implemented by Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) grantees. Overall, it has been found that the implementation of DEI strategies have resulted in an increase in the enrollment of individuals with disabilities at American Job Centers.
(NEW) Iowa - One Door Many Paths WIOA Conferences - Interagency coordination to help the state workforce system take steps to be more aligned to support the goals of WIOA in having a seamless customer experience for all customers, including people with disabilities.
Georgia – Vocational Rehabilitation Partnership - Funding a full-time Certified Rehabilitation Counselor whose entire caseload consists of shared co-enrolled WIOA title I and WIOA title IV customers to maximize positive outcomes for both job seekers with disabilities and workforce programs.
Connecticut - Diverse Ability Career Fairs - A comprehensive approach in partnership with vocational rehabilitation to engage businesses that has resulted in successful outcomes for job seekers with disabilities.
Iowa - Reverse Career Fairs: Reaching Employers Directly - An innovative career fair practice in which the job seeker is the one behind the table supporting their employment goals and positioning themselves to showcase their skills, personality, and ambition to prospective employers.
California - Partnership Plus: Action Oriented Solutions - Entering into a Partnership Plus agreement as a Workforce Employment Network to ensure that American Job Centers can provide full access to services for Vocational Rehabilitation clients who are also Ticket Holders under the Ticket to Work program.
New York - How to Inspire Ticket Holders - As an American Job Center that serves as a Workforce Employment Network, how do we inspire Ticket Holders to pursue work? Discovering the Ticket Holder’s “Dreams” is key to inspiring them while at the same time acknowledging their fears of poverty and loss of benefits.