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Career Pathways: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

Posted on 08/27/2015

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The Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS External link opens in new window or tab) at the U.S. Department of Education is inviting applications to establish model demonstration projects to develop and use career pathways to help individuals with disabilities, including youth with disabilities, acquire necessary marketable skills and recognized postsecondary credentials. OSERS expecst to award $3.5 million to State Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Agencies External link opens in new window or tab, in partnerships with other entities, to develop and implement a collaborative model project demonstrating promising practices and strategies in the use of career pathways to improve the skills of individuals with disabilities, including youth with disabilities, and help them attain the credentials to succeed in our 21st century economy.

"The use of career pathways is an effective workforce development strategy that can provide individuals, particularly those with the greatest barriers to employment, with seamless transitions into postsecondary education and employment in careers that provide a family-sustaining wage," says a post to the Department of Education's Homeroom Blog External link opens in new window or tab.

Read the full article on Homeroom External link opens in new window or tab, and get more information about the program in the Federal Register External link opens in new window or tab.