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Disability Employment Accelerator – Frequently Asked Questions

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The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) places a strong focus on “earn-and-learn” activities in career pathways. For the purposes of the Disability Employment Accelerator (DEA) grant, the Employment Development Department (EDD) defines “earn-and-learn” as: Paid Work Experience, paid Internships, transitional jobs, pre- and registered apprenticeships, and On-the-Job Training (OJT). Under DEA funding, projects must provide these types of trainings to people with disabilities. Funding can still be used for Vocational Certificate programs.

No, it is not mandatory for the DRC to be full-time; however, the broad scope and amount of work required of the position may make it necessary. The DRC duties usually include: being a subject-matter expert on disability-related resources; coordinating or providing training to staff; developing and implementing outreach activities; convening meetings with the Local Area, businesses and/or other community organizations; and, traveling to attend quarterly meetings hosted by the EDD.

The expectation is that “earn-and-learn” strategies take priority; however vocational-training certificate programs and direct-placement into employment are also acceptable services

Monthly Narrative Reports are due on the 20th of the month following the reporting month.

Yes, purchasing assistive/adaptive technology is an allowable cost; however, a demonstration of the need and benefit for DEA participants must be written into the initial Project Proposal Narrative and supporting forms. Procurement guidelines for purchases also apply to DEA funding