Supported Employment State Grant

Why the Program is Needed

Many adults with disabilities are either unemployed or underemployed, despite their ability, desire, and willingness to engage in meaningful work in the community.  People with disabilities, including intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, can be employed in the community alongside people without disabilities and earn competitive wages. They should be supported to make informed choices about their work and careers and have the resources to seek, obtain, and be successful in community employment.

What it Does

The Supported Employment State Grant program assists states in providing supported employment services to help people with the most significant disabilities work.  Services are tailored to the person’s needs and may include job development and job placement, ongoing on-the-job skills training and job coaching, and other services necessary to help a person maintain the job, such as job station redesign, repair, and maintenance of assistive technology, and replacement of prosthetic and orthotic devices.  Supported employment services are vital to help people with the most significant disabilities, including people with I/DD, to become and remain employed and to promote independence and community living. The program is  administered by state Vocational Rehabilitation agencies.

Authorizing Legislation

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 795)

Recent Funding

$29 million in 2012
$29 million in 2011
$29 million in 2010
$29 million in 2009
$29 million in 2008
$30 million in 2007

For More Information

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/rsasupemp/index.html