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Southern Seven Workforce Investment Board, Inc.




P.O. Box 6712

3131 Grantline Road, Floor 2

New Albany, IN 47150






24 months



POPULATION SERVED:Jobseekers with physical or psychological disabilities.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION:The objective of the proposed program is to identify, strategize, and facilitate the implementation of an accessible, streamlined, comprehensive One-Step service delivery system for the disabled who seek employment.


The grant will be used to fund salary, fringe benefits, travel, supplies for a full-time project director. Funds also would be spent on assistive technology (AT) training and employment for two individuals, purchase of AT, specialized assessments, technology set-up and training, staff training, and design of marketing materials.


Current partners include Transition Resources Corporation, which provides services to adults, dislocated workers, and older out-of-school youths; Experience Works, which assists mature workers; vocational rehabilitation counselors; community rehabilitation providers, who help the disabled gain employment, allowing them to become independent of government funding; Blue River Services, which provides employment services to TNF and FS beneficiaries; Rauch, Inc., which offers interpretation for the deaf and other services for the disabled; First Chance Center, a sheltered workshop; Bridgepointe Goodwill Industries; Easter Seals; and other community organizations that offer services to the disabled in the Southern Seven Region.


An innovative aspect of this project would be the AT devices for two customers with significant disabilities, paired with an employer committed to hire them. Upon customer enrollment in WIA services, staff would build the employer relationship and make needed linkages with Rauch, Inc. to provide AT services. Expected outcome would be an increase in employment for the disabled and the lessening of employer fears about hiring someone who requires AT accommodations.


Another projected innovation is the identification of area employers who need employees with Microsoft Office skills. They would be matched with disabled customers who have been trained in those skills during a nine-week program offered by Bridgepointe Goodwill Industries.



GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Counties of Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Orange, Scott, and Washington (AKA Southern Seven Region)




Ronald E. McKulick