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U.S. Department of Labor Announces Funding to Support Employee Policy Development for Youth with Disabilities

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of approximately $4 million for a four-year cooperative agreement for a youth-focused disability policy development center. The solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement. The deadline to apply is July 23, 2019.

Administered by the Department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), the funding will support continued work on ODEP's National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth). This youth policy development center will conduct research, engage with the workforce system and its partners, identify effective policies and practices that support youth with disabilities, and provide resources and training to help support the transition of youth with disabilities to employment.

"Like their peers, youth with disabilities should grow up expecting to work and succeed. We must ensure they are supported in meeting this expectation at every turn," said Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, Jennifer Sheehy. "Our youth-focused disability policy development center will play a key role in helping educators, service providers, family members, employers, and others support youth with disabilities as they transition from school to adulthood and the world of work."

The full announcement will be available at Visit ODEP's website for more information.

Office of Disability Employment Policy
June 20, 2019
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Media Contact: Bennett Gamble
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