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Louisville/Jefferson County Metro




527 West Jefferson Street

Louisville, KY 40202






24 months



POPULATION SERVED: Jobseekers with disabilities.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The grant will be used to fund salaries, travel, and contracts. The proposed positions include a coordinator, benefits counselor, employment specialist, and a youth transition administrator.


Kentuckiana Works (KW), the local investment board (LIB) for the seven-county Louisville Metro area, operates five One-Stop Career Centers (CCs). Although one in five persons ages 21-64 is reported to be disabled in the area served by this LIB, only one is every 155 served at the CCs over a 16-month period self-identified as having a disability.


A community development initiative, referred to as the STRONG (Strengthening Transition Resources in Our Neighborhoods Grant) Partnership, has the goal of assisting persons with disabilities and their families to prepare for the developmental milestones that they will encounter. The STRONG Partnership is partnering with Louisville Metros CCs to open a disability resource center in at least three sites within the next six months.


The plan is to build the capacity of the CCs to effectively market their services and to elevate the competence of the staff to serve persons with disabilities. The capacity of the CC staff will be enhanced to serve persons with disabilities through training and technical assistance, including the co-location of staff from Center for Accessible Living (CAL) responsible for benefits counseling, employment counseling, and job development.


CAL will also market KW to the 30,000 SSI/SSCI recipients in the area who are between the ages of 14 and 64, and to the Commission for Children, which serves youths until their 21st birthday. Connections with the STRONG Partnership will also serve to reach out to small businesses and other employers in Louisville Metro neighborhoods.


Partners include the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, CAL, Vocational Rehabilitation, Seven Counties Services, and the Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network.



GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties, Kentucky.




Jack J. Howard