Dept. of Ed DIF Grant

DORS Awarded $7.5 Million for Youth, Work-Based Learning


DORS has been selected to receive funding under the DISABILITY INNOVATION FUND (DIF) - TRANSITION MODEL SYSTEMS PROGRAM (84.421B). This grant will be in the amount of $7,519,895.00 for the first budget period (which begins on October 1, 2016) through September 30, 2021.

DORS will partners with the Local Education Agencies, Community Rehabilitation Partners, American Job Centers, the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, the University of MarylandMathematica Policy Research, Inc., and employers to implement a comprehensive DIF project featuring work-based learning components to improve career outcomes for youth with disabilities. These partnerships will maximize resources, address systemic barriers, and ensure that collaborative efforts are linked to desirable post-school youth outcomes.

Participating students will be referred to DORS at least two years before leaving school so that they have time to achieve their post-school employment goals.

The partners will collaborate to provide multiple work-based learning experiences including classroom and related instruction, before the youth pursue paid integrated employment. This plan should increase youth choice, access, and opportunity in the job market. Additionally, the partners will work to help students find a paid integrated employment experience before exiting school, to increase the likelihood that they will get high quality post-school  jobs and careers.

DORS will post updates on the progress of the grant on its website and Facebook page.

Questions about the Maryland Work-Based Learning Collaborative grant? Contact DORS Director Sue Page suzanne.page@maryland.gov or 410-554-9385.