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Broome Tioga Workforce Development System

171 Front Street

Binghamton, New York 13905


Contact: Richard D. Lindhorst

Phone: (607) 778-6442


Proposed Award Amount: $300,000

Community Served: The five counties comprising the Workforce Investment Boards of Broome-Tioga and Chanango-Delaware-Otsego. They are located in the mid-southern region of New York State, known as the Southern Tier.

Project Emphasis: People with disabilities.

Summary Paragraph: In 2002, New York State received a Workforce Incentives Grant, which has helped educate local One Stop Operators on issues of the disabled. Building on this information, the Southern Tier Accessibility Project will focus on developing a comprehensive delivery system by eliminating barriers that prevent access to employment and related services for people with disabilities. It will also develop and implement a curriculum for training One Stop Center staff concerning the needs of individuals with disabilities. This training will lead to a two level certification. Staff will then be equipped to provide people with disabilities with the knowledge, skills and supportive services needed for gainful employment. Concurrently, staff will recruit, orient, and train area employers and educate them on the benefits associated with employing the disabled. Employers will balso be provided with continuing support and technical assistance.

Partnerships: Cornell University School of Industrial Labor Relations; Catskill Center for Independence and Southern Tier Independence Center; Binghamton University School of Education and Human Development