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DISABILITY INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE

GRANTEE: Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc.

ADDRESS: 5111 East 21st Street

Wichita, KS 67208

 

POPULATION SERVED: This project will admit 60 individuals into its training programs in its first year, 50 of whom are expected to graduate and go on to be placed in unsubsidized employment. At least 90% of those placed will be in full-time employment. All placements will be made in jobs with long-term career potential. Adaptive computer peripherals, if needed, will be available for the participants to use while training, and to take with them into their employment settings.

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The multi-site Disability Information Technology Initiative will complement the programs of Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansass School of Adaptive Computer Training and its expansion efforts, which are currently being addressed in a five-year Projects With Industry grant from the U.S. Department of Education. This initiative will make the enable the expansion to occur sooner and increase its capacity to serve more individuals with disabilities. Additionally, this project will link to the private sector (EDS Corporation and EDS University), as well as link to local delivery systems, including vocational rehabilitation services, One-Stop Centers, and Welfare-to-Work.

 

KEY PARTICIPANTS: This project will be carried out in 3 locations: Atlanta, GA, Houston, TX, and Wichita, KS. Its lead agent is the Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation of Kansas, Inc. In Atlanta, consortium members include EDS University, the Atlanta Workforce Investment Board, Atlanta Vocational Rehabilitation, and Tech Connections. In Houston, members include: Digital Consulting & Software Services, Inc., Houston Gulf Coast Workforce Development Board, and Vocational Rehabilitation. In Wichita, members include Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, the Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services, and Kansas Rehabilitation Services.

 

MEDIA CONTACT: Robert Hull, Vice President for Research

5111 East 21st Street

Wichita, KS 67208

(316) 688-1888