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Abstract Details for FY 2021 Rehabilitation Training: Disability Innovation Fund Career Advancement Initiative Model Demonstration Project - 84.421C - Application Materials

The U.S. Department of Education (Department) issued a notice inviting applications January 7, 2021 for fiscal year (FY) 2021 for the Disability Innovation Fund - Career Advancement Initiative Model Demonstration Project, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA)/Assistance Listing Number 84.421C. The application deadline is April 7, 2021. The Department intends to fund a multi-site model demonstration project designed to assist State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies, in partnership with other entities, to develop career pathways focused on career advancement. This competition will help VR-eligible individuals with disabilities, including previously served VR participants in employment who re-enter the VR program, to advance in high-demand, high-quality careers, such as science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), including computer science, careers; to enter career pathways in industry-driven sectors through pre-apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships and Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Program (IRAP); to improve and maximize competitive integrated employment outcomes, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion in society; and to reduce reliance on public benefits (e.g., Supplemental Security Income (SSI)/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and/or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and State or local benefits).