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Cuyahoga County Workforce Development (CCWD)




1275 Ontario Street

Cleveland, OH 44113






24 months



POPULATION SERVED: Job seekers with disabilities.



BRIEF DESCRIPTION: The grant will be used to fund salaries, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, outreach activities, research and development of a resource guide, indirect costs, and training costs. The proposed positions include two full-time disability specialists and one part-time administrative support person.


The goal of this project is to improve the access to employment services and the associated supportive services that will enable people with disabilities to find and retain employment. Assistance will be offered by the two disability specialists; who will work one-on-one with customers, staff, and partners.


According to 2000 census data for Ohio, 18.4%, or 143,000, of the working-age population in the CCWD area are people with disabilities. Of these, approximately 29% (41,000) receive SSDI or SSI benefits.


The Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) of Cuyahoga County and the City of Cleveland jointly propose to develop comprehensive One-Stop services for people with disabilities. These new WIB initiatives will provide disabled jobseekers with up-to-date information and support.


In addition, all current One-Stop staff will be trained and educated on various disabilities, specialized services, assistive technology, job development, and other relevant issues. Fifteen partners have signed on to help with training, funding, benefits counseling, strategic planning, needs assessments, and other issues. Processes to be improved include how customers are identified and served, what assistive technology is bought, what IT systems are implemented, and budget allocations.


Partners include the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, the Bureau of Services to the Visually Impaired, the Cuyahoga County Board of Mental Retardation and Development Disabilities, the Cuyahoga Mental Health Board, the Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, Vocational Guidance Services, Linking Employment, Abilities, and Potential, the Cuyahoga East Vocational Education Consortium, Solutions at Work, Inc., United Way Services of Greater Cleveland, Vocational Guidance Services, and others.



GEOGRAPHIC AREA TO BE SERVED: Cuyahoga County and Cleveland, Ohio




Mary Kay Bitterman