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Central Arkansas Planning & Development District, Inc.

115 Jefferson Street

Lonoke, Arkansas 72086


Contact: Rodney Larsen

Phone: (501) 676-2721

Proposed Award Amount: $674,671

Community Served: 16 counties constituting the Central Arkansas and Southeast Arkansas WIBs.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: This project aims to integrate people with disabilities into the workforce investment system, including Wagner- Peyser and WIA services, with a four-pronged approach: 1) installing extensive technology devices in the workforce centers themselves, 2) hiring two fulltime Work Incentive Specialists to act as Disability Program Navigators, 3) employing "train the trainer" methods to coach frontline staff in serving people with disabilities, and 4) offering immediate access to Wagner-Peyser and WIA Title I services in workforce centers, and providing transportation to and from workforce centers, training sites, and places of employment, through the CADET Project. CADET is a five-year model project funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services.

Partnerships: Central Arkansas Planning and Development District, Arkansas Employment Security Department, Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, ICAN - Increasing Capabilities Access Network, and CADET - The Creative for Delta Area Transportation.