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Awardee:

State of Hawaii

830 Punchbowl Street, Room 329

Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Contact: Elaine Young

Phone: (808) 586-8812

Proposed Award Amount: $699,388

Community Served: State of Hawaii

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This state-wide project would create a seamless service delivery system for addressing the multi-faceted barriers to training and employment that affect people with disabilities. This project will take shape at an opportune time, since Ticket-to-Work is slated for implementation in November 2003. To weave Ticket-to-Work into a seamless delivery system, the project aims to create a close alliance between the State Workforce Development Division and the Vocational Rehabilitation Division. Comprehensive strategies to facilitate this alliance include assistive technology enhancement, specialized service provider development, diverse and proactive leadership to ensure continuous improvement, and One Stop staff training. Moreover, one staff member of each of the four WIBs would function as a Program Navigator. This project would complement the U.S. Department of Labors (DOL) Employment and Training Administrations (ETA) Real Choices ACCESS Project, funded in May 2002 to provide an electronic infrastructure for partners and a user-friendly information system, and DOLs Office of Disability Employment Policys (ODEP) funded Imua Project currently assisting Hawaiis Vocational Rehabilitation and WIA One Stop system by training youth service providers to serve youth with disabilities effectively.

Partnerships: The University of Hawaiis Center for Disability Studies (a resource); Winners at Work; the Hawaii Centers for Independent Living; the Hawaii Department of Healths Developmental Disabilities, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Mental Health Divisions; the fours Workforce Investment Boards Kauai, Oahu, Maui and Hawaii; Hawaii State Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Vocational Rehabilitation; U.S. Department of Labors ODEP Imua project and ETA-funded Real Choices ACCESS project.