Illinois Disability Employment Initiative


The Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is a three-year federal grant-funded program that improves education, training, employment opportunities, and employment outcomes for people who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits. In 2010, Illinois was awarded a Round 1 DEI grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment Training Administration. When this grant ended in 2013, a Round 4 grant was awarded. This grant began in 2013 and will end in 2016.

State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging
Date Enacted: