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Awardee:

Worknet Pinellas, Inc.

4525 140th Avenue North, Suite 906

Clearwater, Florida 33762

Contact: Stacy Swank Edward Peachey

Phone: (727) 524-4344, x3032 (727) 524-4344, x3016

Proposed Award Amount: $313,932

Community Served: Pinellas County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: Working to improve services for people with disabilities across the county, this project would employ three Disability Program Navigators (DPNs), with one dedicated to each of the three full service One Stop centers. In addition, the project would produce and distribute an outreach video that would provide a universal orientation to one stop services for the disabled. This video would highlight the many functions of the DPNs, the available assistive technologies, and specific services for the disabled. The state of Florida has already designated all One Stop Centers and Division of Rehabilitation Offices as Ticket-to-Work voucher systems offices, and the DPNs will expand this initiative. DPNs will also work closely with Vocational Rehabilitation counselors. In Pinellas County, Florida Division of Vocational Rehabilitation services have been collocated within two of the three One Stop centers to ensure seamless services.

Partnerships: St. Petersburg College, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Family Service Centers, Learning Disabilities Association of Pinellas, Suncoast Mental Health Center, Directions for Mental Health, Physically Challenged Expressions, Boley Centers, Deaf Services Center, Division of Blind Services, Goodwill Industries, Operation PAR, and Lutheran Services.