Initiatives and Accomplishments
Chronic Homelessness Employment Technical Assistance (CHETA) Initiative (2004-2008)
ODEP, in cooperation with DOL's Employment and Training Administration and Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS), awards a grant to the Corporation for Supportive Housing under CHETA, an initiative to end chronic homelessness among people with disabilities, including veterans with disabilities. The funds provide intensive employment-related training to organizations in five states.
Recovery and Employment Assistance Lifelines (REALifelines)
ODEP provides assistance to VETS in launching REALifelines, a military medical facility-based program that offers active-duty wounded and injured service members with personal assistance to ensure a successful transition to civilian life.
Telework Research (2004-2007)
ODEP funds initiatives in three states to investigate, develop and validate strategies likely to yield the largest number of telework positions for people with disabilities in cooperation with federal and state agencies.
United We Ride
ODEP, in conjunction with the U.S. Departments of Transportation, Health and Human Services, and Education, co-sponsors United We Ride: Interagency Forum on Transportation Coordination, which resulted in Executive Order 13330, Human Service Transportation Coordination and the creation of Interagency Coordinating Council on Access and Mobility. As a principal member on this council, ODEP oversees several national technical assistance and grant programs to assist states to better coordinate employment-related transportation efforts.
Youth Service Professionals' Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) Initiative
ODEP establishes the Youth Service Professionals' KSA initiative, which seeks to strengthen youth professionals' capacity to connect all youth, including youth with disabilities, to workforce, educational and independent living opportunities. Early outcomes include a background paper and the establishment of ten core competencies for youth service professionals.