BOISE, Idaho (KLIX) Idaho is one of several states who will get funding to help young people with disabilities find jobs.

The U.S. Department of Labor is giving six states a combined total o f $14.9 million dollars as part of the Disability Employment Initiative. The Idaho Department of Labor says it will get $2.5 million for it's program aimed at improving employment opportunities for youth 14-24 years of age. The federal funding is part of an ongoing program since 2010.


These are some of the ways recipients will use the funding:

  • Improve employment outcomes and increase the number of individuals with disabilities who earn credentials.
  • Provide more and diversified job-driven training opportunities.
  • Facilitate academic and employment transition among youth.
  • Incorporate flexible approaches to designing and providing training and supportive services, including customized employment strategies to help jobseekers with significant disabilities.
  • Build effective community partnerships and collaborations across multiple service delivery systems and the effective blending and braiding of resources.
  • Promote more active engagement with the business sector.