Disability Employment Initiative
Minnesota’s Youth Focused Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) is working to increase the number of youth with disabilities served through Minnesota’s youth CareerForce system. The DEI Youth Program serves youth with disabilities ages 14-24. DEI Youth incorporates work experience, career pathway training, and participant-driven Individual Resource Team meetings to increase coordination among service providers, family members, and other partners in each participant’s support network.
Limited Use Vendor
PIC is a Limited Use Vendor for Minnesota Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS). Pre-ETS is designed to help secondary students with disabilities prepare for life after graduation. Pre-ETS provides an opportunity for youth to explore career and training options, gain work skills, and learn how to be successful after high school. Specific offerings include job, career, and postsecondary exploration assistance; work-readiness training; and instruction on the topic of self-advocacy.
Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council (PIC) is a member of the American Dream Employment Network. If you are between the ages of 18-64 and receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) you can assign your ticket to an Employment Network and receive free ongoing employment support.
The Ticket-to-Work Program was created to give Social Security disability beneficiaries an avenue to achieve economic self-support through work. Certified Work Incentives Practitioners can provide career guidance, and detailed analysis and explanation of how employment will affect social security benefits in order to ensure a successful transition to employment.