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Awardee:

Full Employment Council, Inc.

1740 Paseo

Kansas City, Missouri 64108

Contact: Clyde McQueen, President and CEO

Phone: (816) 471-2330, x 256

Proposed Award Amount: $150,000

Community Served: Kansas City & environs and East Jackson County Workforce Investment Area 2 of the 14 Missouri Local Workforce Investment Areas.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: The Full Employment Council received a Work Incentive Grant in 2000, and the present grant funds are intended to build on the system established through the initial grant. Under the initial grant, an automated management information system was developed, and agencies share case management to leverage resources. These new funds would add assistive technology as well as fund the full-time project coordinator, who is also the designated Disability Program Navigator. With the help of a Work Incentive Advisory Committee, the Navigator will work with staff at the four One Stop Centers to train staff and to ensure that the needs of career seekers with disabilities are met within an integrated model. To further increase its capacity to service individuals, the Full Employment Council was recently approved as an Employment Network under Ticket to Work.

Partnerships: Missouri Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Community Rehabilitation Programs (Jewish Vocational Service, The Rehabilitation Institute, and the Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries); the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, and the Local Investment Commission (Division of Family Services Liaison). Also Independent Living Centers.