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Awardee:

State of New Jersey

PO Box 110, John Fitch Plaza

Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0110

Contact: George M. Krause

Phone: (609) 292-9772

Proposed Award Amount: $699,886

Community Served: State of New Jersey

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This project, led by the New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, involves a consortium with workforce and disability partners, highlights the importance of connective with disability professionals as well as with the disabled population, and recognizes that the workforce and disability/rehabilitation systems are complementary, not identical. To facilitate staff training and development, a cohort of Disabilty Program Navigators will be trained throughout the Workforce Investment system. To augment assistive technology, grant funds will help the statewide purchase of accessible electronic and information technology. TO enhance the services and standards of practice, this grant will develop four pilot projects to test outreach approaches and service interventions.

Partnerships: New Jersey State Department of Labor, New Jersey Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission, Garden State Employment and Training Commission, Garden State Employment and Training Association, New Jersey Division of Employment and Training, State Rehabilitation Council, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, Department of Rehabilitation Counseling University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Assistive Technology Advocacy Center, Assistive Technology Center at Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey, New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc., New Jersey Department of Human Services, Institute of Community Inclusion, New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities, and New Jersey State Independent Living Centers.