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Chicago Workforce Board

60 West Randolph St., Suite 200

Chicago, Illinois 60601

Contact: Linda Kaiser

Phone: (312) 762-9280

Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: City of Chicago

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: To unify One Stop services for people with disabilities and to move them into optimum skills training and jobs, the Tapping Abilities Project will create a Work Information Navigator position in the Pilsen, Chicago One Stop and will also create protocols for replication of this position in additional One Stops. The Navigator will then work to enhance One Stop staff training and program capacity, including Social Security Administration-funded Benefits, Planning, Assistance and Outreach and Ticket-to-Work programs. The project also plans to develop and distribute education and outreach materials for 1) all One Stop partners in the Chicago area, 2) individuals with disabilities who access these One Stops, and for employers to assist them in understanding the needs of the disabled workforce as well as the forms of assistance available to them. Although the entire State of Illinois received funding through the earlier 2000 and 2002 Workforce Incentive Grants, the City of Chicago specifically needs funding to expand and intensify the assistive technology and training in some of its One Stops that it received through the first grant.

Partnerships: Mandatory One Stop Partners: California Indian Manpower Consortium Chicago based operation; Chicago Department on Aging; City Colleges of Chicago; Illinois Department of Employment Security; Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Rehabilitation Services; Job Corps; Mayors Office for People with Disabilities; and Mayors Office of Workforce Development. Other Grant Partners: Access Living; Council for Disability Rights; Great Lakes ADA Center; Health and Disability Advocates; Illinois Assistive Technology Project; Welfare to Work Partnership/Business Resource Partnership; Mayors Office of People with Disabilities; and Business Leadership Network.