Innovation and Expansion Program Notice of Grant Opportunity Federal Fiscal Year 2017

New Jersey

~~“Career Pathways Initiatives for Individuals with Significant Disabilities
B. Purpose of the Grant
Important federal policy changes and legal actions reinforce the importance of having a job in society and the multiple benefits gained by individuals and businesses when adults with disabilities are employed. In 2010, New Jersey became the 14th state to join the Employment First policy, recognizing the value of competitive, integrated employment as a preferred service option and optimal outcome for working age adults with disabilities. Being employed improves a person's quality of life, in part by causing them to be perceived in a more positive light. Individuals with disabilities working in the community have increased self-confidence and a sense of pride. Working also allows them to contribute as a tax-paying citizens. In addition, businesses benefit by having a diverse workforce that meets specific employment needs and reflects the communities they serve.”

State Policies & Initiatives: 
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Workforce Development
Date Enacted: