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Awardee:

Seattle King County Workforce Development Council

2003 Western Avenue, Suite #250

Seattle, Washington 98121-2162

 

Contact: Daniel Fey

Phone: (206) 448-0474

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: City of Seattle, King County

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This project is well timed for preparing the One Stop system for the upcoming implementation of the Ticket to Work program in the State of Washington. The project will emphasize Person Centered Planning techniques in case management for persons with disabilities; the viability of the One Stop system for providing comprehensive employment services to the disabled, and increasing staff awareness of disability service providers, inter-agency linkages, and unique Disability service and job retention issues. To this end, the project will hire a Disability Navigator to procure enhanced assistive technology and to ensure team-based staffing approaches, comprehensive case management, and coordination of services with disability benefits counseling.

Partnerships: In a unique partnership, the regional office of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is one of three operators of the Seattle-King County One Stop system, currently comprised of three hub sites and five affiliates. In this role, DVR coordinates One Stop activities and facilities system-wide, co-locates DVR staff at One Stop hub sites, participates in WDC subcommittees, and provides technical assistance to partner agencies. Other partners the Department of Services for the Blind, the International Association of Machinists Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES), King County Division of Development Disabilities, the Northwest Disability and Business Technical Assistance Center, the Washington State Business Leadership Network, the DO-IT Program at the University of Washington, and the Tri-West Group providers of technical assistance and evaluation.