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Disability Employment Initiative

Logo for DEI with "Disability Employment Initiative" and Illinois worknet center with a symbol representing claboration and the words "teaching, connecting, developing Illinois' workforce"

Since 2010, the US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and the Office of Disability Employment Policy have jointly funded and administered the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI). DEI is designed to help states implement strategic approaches for exemplary employment services to individuals with disabilities in the public workforce system.  DEI projects are intended to support extensive partnerships, collaboration and service coordination across multiple workforce, education, and disability systems in each state.  As part of their commitment  to assist individuals with disabilities in reaching their career, employment, and training goals, The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (Commerce) executes DEI through coordination with and support of state, regional, and local partners. In Illinois DEI aims to improve education, training and employment opportunities and outcomes for youth and adults with disabilities who are unemployed, underemployed and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.


Commerce will host 2 DEI Summits serving different areas of the state.  The Illinois’ DEI summits will be used to bring together WIOA Title I and Vocational Rehabilitation providers and stakeholders to explore best practices for system alignment. The agenda will focus on strategies for engaging individuals with disabilities through integrated, cooperative approaches between staff within the American Job Center (Illinois WorkNet Center) System. Information for the summits is as follows:

Northern DEI Summit.
January 12, 2017 – 10am – 4pm
College of DuPage
425 Fawell Blvd
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Room SRC 2000

Southern DEI Summit
January 10, 2017
10am – 4pm
Holiday Inn Mount Vernon
222 Potomac Blvd
Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


The Resources for this Summit can be found on the Resource Page.