Millions Pledged For Vocational Rehabilitation
The U.S. Department of Education is handing out more than $12.6 million designed to enhance employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
The money from the agency’s Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services will be divvied among agencies in 10 locales across the country to “help improve the outcomes of individuals with disabilities — from cradle through career,” the Education Department said.
Some of the grants are for centers that offer technical assistance while other funds will go toward programs aimed at pairing people with disabilities looking for jobs with employers struggling to find workers with specific skills.
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“We want all individuals with disabilities to have opportunities and succeed,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in announcing the funds. “These are part of our commitment to ensuring all students — no matter their zip code, family income or disability — have a chance to be successful in college, careers and life.”
Funding is headed to entities in Mississippi, Arizona, Georgia, Nebraska, Virginia, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Louisiana, California and Washington, D.C.