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The federal government is offering up millions of dollars for states to develop initiatives designed to increase employment of people with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of Labor said this week that state workforce agencies can apply for a share of $15 million in grants to develop “flexible and innovative strategies” to help this population bolster their prospects on the job market.

“People with disabilities have enormous contributions to make to our economy, and they are still disproportionately represented among the unemployed,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez. “These grants will help ensure that these workers have better access to training programs that lead to good jobs and economic self-sufficiency.”

Labor Department officials said they are accepting applications through July 8 and expect to award eight grants ranging from $1.5 to $2.5 million for use over a 42-month period.

The agency is looking to allocate funds toward at least one project targeting each of three groups within the disability community — adults ages 18 and over, youth ages 14 to 24 and individuals ages 14 and older with significant disabilities.

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  1. Whitney says:

    They kind of have too. US is paying now get all the vets from Afghanistan and Iraq training certified in IT. Most of these vets are disabled themselves. In essence US is not competitive in IT most people will get training here and go overseas to other countries. Where being computer nerd or geek is welcome and not frown upon. If you are different and in the US you are going be ostrasized for that. It is no different for disabled. Being a vet and being disabled is a double stigma because you either suffering from PTSD or Aspergers. Most of vets are not believing in the US fully commit to their care and get gainful employment. So this will benefit both groups.

  2. Brad says:

    Too bad they are not serious about this. $15MM dollars?!? That’s like $0.38 for every disabled and unemployed adult in America…..what a kick in the pants! (47.5MM Adult Americans with Disabilities. 81% are not employed)

  3. Robert E. says:

    Hopefully there will still be jobs opportunities/choices available for the “most cognitively disabled” citizens seeking employment. Many of these citizens, who have the ability to produce at least 10% and up to 50% of non-disabled workers, are employed in “quality/certified” Extended Employment Programs like the 501c3 community not-for-profit organizations in Missouri, directed and monitored through the Dept of Elementary & Secondary Education!
    If enough funds are available for supports, those more individuals, more highly productive, have a more likely chance of finding Community or Supported employment matching their abilities/interests.


  4. Harrirt Woolf says:

    Why is this program only for young people. As there are so many other disable people under employed or not employed?

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