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Applications Now Available to Improve Education and Employment Outcomes for Low-Income Children with Disabilities

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Today, the U.S. Department of Education published a Notice in the Federal Register inviting applications for a new competitive grant program, Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income (PROMISE). PROMISE was proposed by the Obama Administration to improve the education and career outcomes of low income children with disabilities receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The program is designed to serve children with disabilities, ages 14-16, who are receiving SSI and their families.

For too long, the current system has not been effective in supporting child SSI recipients. Child SSI recipients who become adult SSI recipients continue to face many challenges, such as low educational attainment and employment rates.

"Poor educational outcomes and low employment rates are not acceptable outcomes for any individual with a disability," said Michael Yudin, Acting Assistant Secretary for Special Education and Rehabilitative Services at the Department of Education. "With PROMISE, we hope to provide strong and effective partnerships with agencies to build capacity to achieve better results and outcomes for child SSI recipients and their families."

The PROMISE program is an interagency collaboration of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services, Labor and the Social Security Administration. Under this new competitive grant program, state agencies will partner to develop and implement a model demonstration project that provides coordinated services and supports designed to improve the education and career outcomes of children with disabilities receiving SSI, including services and supports to their families. PROMISE is a great opportunity for states to be innovative in designing programs that meet the needs of families and that will improve the life outcomes of individuals with disabilities.

PROMISE is open to all 50 States and the District of Columbia, and states may apply together as a consortium. The Department intends to fund three to six projects between $4.5 million to $10 million a year for 5 years.

The PROMISE Application Package is available beginning, May 21, 2013 and the deadline for submitting completed applications is August 19, 2013. In order to assist with the application process, the Department will host webinars for applicants to review the application and ask questions on the following dates:

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

For more information about the webinars, please see the PROMISE website at