Alabama Disability Employment Initiative

The Alabama Disability Employment Initiative (ADEI) provides improved education, training, and employment opportunities for youth with disabilities ages 19 to 24, who are unemployed, underemployed, and/or receiving Social Security disability benefits.

The primary goal is for participating youth to enter meaningful and substantial employment. The initiative will also work to increase the capacity of the public workforce system in Alabama to successfully serve persons with disabilities. The Workforce Development Division received a three-year, $3 Million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration to fund ADEI from October 2013 through January 2017. The Department of Commerce administers this grant and partners with the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) and the Alabama Career Center System, which directly provide services to youth participating in the program. Other agencies partnering in ADEI include the Alabama Department of Labor, the Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, and the Alabama Community College System. Coordination among these agencies ensures youth with disabilities have access to all services available through these organizations.

ADEI services are delivered and coordinated by Disability Resource Coordinators, who will work with youth to identify employment and training goals and help them access assistance needed to reach their goals. Customized employment will also be available on a limited basis.

ADEI services are available to eligible youth with disabilities ages 19 to 24 living in or near the pilot area, which includes the majority of Alabama Workforce Investment Area (AWIA) Area Two: Blount, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Cullman, Etowah, Lee, Randolph, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega, Tallapoosa, and Walker Counties. Performance data from the pilot area will be compared against performance data from AWIA Area One, where ADEI services are not available, in order to identify successful practices to replicate statewide.

Youth who are interested in ADEI services may apply to participate in the program at the Alabama Career Centers located in Alabaster, Anniston, Gadsden, Hanceville, Jasper, Opelika and Talladega.

Alabaster Career Center
109 Plaza Circle
Alabaster, Alabama 35007
(205) 663-2542

Anniston Career Center
1731 Coleman Road
Anniston, Alabama 36207-6811
(256) 832-0147

Gadsden Career Center
216 North 5th Street
Gadsden, Alabama 35901
(256) 546-4667

Hanceville Career Center
801 Main Street NW
P.O. Box 1087
Hanceville, Alabama 35077
(256) 352-5538

Jasper Career Center
2604 Viking Drive
Jasper, Alabama 35501
(205) 221-2576

Opelika Career Center
2300 Frederick Road
Opelika, Alabama 36801
(334) 749-5065

Talladega Career Center
1005 South Street, East
Talladega, Alabama 35160
(256) 480-2109