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Employment Programs for People with Disabilities
OFFICE OF DISABILITY
EMPLOYMENT POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Appropriations Act, 2001 Section1(a)(1); Public Law 106-554; 29 U.S.C. 557b.
To bring a heightened and
permanent long-term focus to the goal of increasing employment of persons with
disabilities by providing leadership, development policies and initiatives and
awarding grants that further the elimination of barriers to the training and
employment of people with disabilities.
TYPES OF ASSISTANCE:
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USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS:
Individual grants provide funds and technical assistance to serve adults and
youth with disabilities through serveral initiatives. These initiatives
usually require collaborative efforts between grantee and various programs
established within the Workforce Investment Act (WIA), State and local
government agencies, school districts, and other entities. Funds must be used
for the purpose of the grant but there are no other specific restrictions on
the use of funds.
Applicant Eligibility: Eligibility requirements vary with each grant.
See Federal Register for specific grant requirements.
Beneficiary Eligibility: People with disabilities and the
organizations that serve them.
Credentials/Documentation: Applicants must submit a detailed plan
consistent with the proposed activities of the grant. Cost will be determined in
accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 as codified in 41 CFR 1-57.7 for State and
APPLICATION AND AWARD PROCESS:
Pre-application Coordination: Selective grants require affiliation with
one or more WIA funded One-Stop Centers; others have no restrictions. This
program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure: Each candidate is required to prepare an
application describing such factors as the following: significance of its
proposed project; proposed contribution to increasing knowledge or understanding
of the problems; the prospective demonstration results of new strategies; the
likely utility of the products; the prospective extent of information
dissemination; and the potential replicability of the project. The design of
these program efforts is not specified, but must conform to the purposes, as
well as the performance and reporting requirements of the grant.
Award Procedure: Applications will be reviewed by a Federal panel for
fidelity to the Federal principles. The geographic distribution of the
competitive applications, the availability of funds, assuring a variety of
different program designs together with the Panel findings will be used to award
Deadlines: The deadline for filing applications for 2001 grants was
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time: All approvals/disapprovals for
2002 grants made no later than September 30, 2002.
Renewals: Vary by grant. Most are renewable for one or more years.
Some limited grants have no renewals.
Formula and Matching Requirements: There are no specific formula
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance: One-year grants, generally,
with one-year period of performance. Youth program grants are one-year grants
for a two-year period of performance and are not renewable.
POST ASSISTANCE REQUIREMENTS:
Reports: Quarterly reporting as a condition of all grants. Financial
reports SF (269) quarterly. Customized employment grants at One-Stop Centers
require monthly reports during the initial six months of operation.
Audits: Audits are conducted by the Inspector General, General
Accounting Office, or independent public accountants selected by the Department
of Labor. Specific grants may involve formal program evaluation review by
Records: Not applicable.
Account Identification: 16-0165-0-1-505.
Obligations: (Salaries and expenses) FY 01 $22,969,000; FY 02 est
$43,263,000; and FY 03 est $47,426,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance:
Recent awards for cooperative agreements and grants have ranged from approximately $100,000 to $2,500,000 per year, depending on the project needs as detailed in the solicitation for cooperative agreement or grant applications and availability of funds. Awards have been to non-profit and for-profit organizations, State and local government agencies, academic institutions, and other entities.
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has been instrumental in
bringing about improved awareness and national recognition of the skills and
abilities that people with disabilities bring to the workplace. It operates
three toll-free and/or electronic services: The Job Accommodation Network,
which provides information on workplace accommodations and on the employment
provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act; the Employer Assistance
Referral Network that brings together employers seeking to hire people with
disabilities with providers who have qualified candidates; and the Small
Business and Self-Employment Service that provides resources for individuals
with disabilities who seek to go into business for themselves. The ODEP has
expanded its Business Leadership Network (BLN), a program now active in more
than 30 States. The BLN is designed to stimulate best disability employment
practices to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to enter and
succeed in the workforce. The ODEP has also expanded its Project EMPLOY
projects that work to provide work and career opportunities to people with
severe cognitive disabilities. With the Department of Defense, the ODEP
sponsors the Workforce Recruitment Program that recruits college students with
disabilities nationwide primarily for summer, but also for permanent,
positions in the Federal and private sectors. The ODEP also provides
leadership and guidance to State, local and private sector partners for the
establishment of High School/High Tech (HS/HT) and Youth Leadership Forum (YLF)
programs in local communities. HS/HT encourages students with disabilities to
consider careers in engineering science and high technology fields. YLF
provides leadership and citizenship opportunities for high school juniors and
seniors with disabilities. The ODEP develops information, printed materials, a
website, and tailored outreach programs that provide technical assistance to
individuals, employers, and various organizations seeking to increase
employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
REGULATIONS, GUIDELINES, AND LITERATURE:
Technical Assistance Resources are available free of charge on the ODEP
website at www.dol.gov/dol/odep. Materials are also available in a variety of
Regional or Local Office: None.
Office of Disability Employment Policy, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room S-1303, Washington, District of Columbia 20210 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 693-7880 / (202) 693-7881 Fax: (202) 693-7888.
Web Site Address:
EXAMPLES OF FUNDED PROJECTS:
Not applicable. New program.
CRITERIA FOR SELECTING PROPOSALS:
Awards are based on such factors as geographic distribution, the financial
plan and the findings of the technical evaluation panel. The technical
evaluation will be on the significance of the proposed project, and the quality
of the project design. Applications will be evaluated on the basis of meeting
the objectives of the SGA. In addition, variety of program designs and the
availability of funds.