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Awardee:

Cobb County Community Services Board

361 North Marietta Parkway

Marietta, Georgia 30060

Contact: Teresa Smith

Phone: (770) 429-5005

Proposed Award Amount: $648,738

Community Served: Cobb and Douglas Counties and statewide, State of Georgia

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This project seeks to expand and replicate Project Exceed, funded by a 2001 grant from the Office of Disability Employment (ODEP) Customized Employment for People with Disabilities. On a statewide basis, the project would provide technical assistance and training opportunities as well as local level consultation to all stakeholders. In addition, this grant would support Disability Navigator Teams in each local workforce area by ensuring that designated staff and relevant stakeholders are cross trained. These teams will work with their designated Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach organizations to streamline access to resources while preventing service overlaps. The projects second strategy would fund a competitive, needs-based subgrant process for ten local workforce areas to increase their physical accessibility and assistive technology resources.

Partnerships: Cobb Works! Workforce Investment Board; Cobb Community Services Board; Vocational Rehabilitation, Georgia Department of Labor, including the Assistive Work Technology Unit of Voc Rehab; Tools for Life; Three Benefits Planning, Assistance, and Outreach providers Benefits Navigator Project, Voc Rehab Outreach Project, and the Walton Options for Independent Living Program; the Cobb Micro Enterprise Center; University of Georgias Human Services Management Institute; Georgia State Workforce Investment Board; National Center on Workforce and Disability/Adult; Griffin-Hammis, LLC; and Georgia Institute of Technologys Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access.