Maine Department of Labor Receives Grant to Improve Employment Rates of Youth with Disabilities


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding

“Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette is pleased to announce that the U.S. Department of Education has awarded the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, part of the Maine Department of Labor, $9 million to help students with disabilities prepare for postsecondary education and competitive integrated employment…


Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette stated, “Our goal is to have at least 90 percent of study participants in postsecondary education or competitive integrated employment within one year of their high school graduation. We will align our work with in-school youth with disabilities using proven models, and we will be working with the Maine Departments of Education and Health and Human Services as well as others to make it happen.”


Maine’s vocational rehabilitation programs will use the progressive employment model to expand employer relationships and align this dual-customer—students and employers, community-based strategy with enhanced programs for students with disabilities through Jobs for Maine Graduates. These interventions, per year, will serve at least 200 students with disabilities who are within two years of graduation from high school.


The grant will enhance statewide collaboration that facilities the transition process from secondary and postsecondary schools or other pre-vocational training settings to competitive integrated employment in jobs at or above minimum wage.”

  • Department of Education
  • School-to-Work Transition
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