DOL Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Employment Policy Development for Youth with Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week the availability of $1.5 million in funds for the first year of a cooperative agreement to operate a policy development center focused on advancing employment opportunities and outcomes for youth with disabilities. Administered by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the funding will build on the work of ODEP’s Center for Advancing Policy on Employment for Youth. This youth technical assistance center will conduct research, engage with the workforce system and its partners, identify effective policies and practices that support the employment of youth with disabilities, and provide resources and training to help support their transition to adulthood. ODEP anticipates the availability of $7.5 million in funds for a five-year budget period, subject to federal fund availability. The solicitation is a re-competition of an existing cooperative agreement.