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Awardee:

Alliance for Business and Training

PO Box 249

Elizabethton, Tennessee 37644

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Contact: David Shanks, Executive Director

Phone: (423) 547-7500

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board: five counties

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This initiative, Freedom to Work, will augment services for individuals with disabilities by integrating strategies for success. Strategic partnerships, such as the planned Freedom to Work Commission, will align this projects goals with regional needs. Acquiring assistive technology will improve service to those with disabilities. This project will also create a position for a Navigator one full time and two part time - in each of the One Stop/Career Centers. Navigator integration is a key to seamless service delivery. Staff development and training on the complexities of disability related issues and barriers to employment will enhance staff interactions with clients. And the provision of direct services will be a catalyst to the growth of individuals with disabilities in their efforts to seek full employment and retention services.

Partnerships: Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board; Vocational Rehabilitation; Alliance for Business and Training; One Stop/Career Center partners; the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities; the Tennessee Council of Developmental Disabilities; Eastern Eight Community Development; Frontier Health; the Tennessee Statewide Center for Independent Living; Johnson City Transit; and Net Trans.