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The City of New York




110 William Street, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10038






24 months



POPULATION SERVED: Enhanced service delivery for Jobseekers with disabilities using the National One-Stop system.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION: New York City's proposed Universal Access will focus on two major goals: achieving physical accessibility in all One-Stop Career Centers and affiliates, including ingress/egress, adaptive equipment and emergency evacuation; and Building staff capacity to achieve and sustain universal programmatic access. The strategy to achieve these goals will combine and expand two existing initiatives developed under earlier WIG grants: the Disability Program Navigator and "Universal Access NY" developed by Cornell University's Program on Employment and Disability. Working together, these two initiatives will produce a much stronger impact than either working separately.


At each one-stop site, the proposed project will be implemented through a team of staff from the participating partners, coordinated by a local Disability Program Navigator and supported by the Cornell team in implementing the Accessibility Toolkit. This strategy will unite two successful initiatives and implement them in all of New York City's one-stop centers and affiliates.


The most critical element of the Disability Program Navigator position is developing in the one-stop center staff effective capacity for outreach and services to persons with disabilities. Only DPNs with a substantial on-site presence at the centers can achieve this. Attaining the goal of sustainability in five counties requires more than one DPN, the current configuration.


Partners who will be collaborating on proposal activities include the New York City Department of Small Business Services, the New York State Department of Labor, and the City University of New York. The New York City WIB's One-Stop Committee will oversee the operator consortium's management of the proposed activities. Other partners are Cornell University's Program on Employment and Disability, Hire disAbility-an organization that is the current Disability Program Navigator for New York City's One-Stop Centers, and Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, the New York State vocational rehabilitation agency.







Stuart Saft