Employment opportunities increase for adults with disabilities

Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (USDOL), the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) is creating more employment opportunities for Minnesota adults with disabilities. The funds were awarded as part of the Disability Employment Initiative through the USDOL and Office of Disability Employment Policy.

“This highly competitive Disability Employment Initiative grant is important to ensure all Minnesotans have access to employment,” said Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “Many more doors to opportunity will be open, and people with disabilities will be able to acquire the skills they need to become economically self-sufficient in the communities where they live.”

Minnesota will use the funds to:

  • Increase the employment and wages of 110 individuals with disabilities through Minnesota WorkForce Center services and partnerships;
  • Increase educational credentials of 114 individuals with disabilities;
  • Increase workplace training for 155 adults with disabilities in Minnesota FastTRAC programs;
  • Expand partnerships and work with more than 50 employers to support individuals with disabilities; and
  • Ensure WorkForce Centers comply with physical, program and communications accessibility requirements.

Anoka County Workforce Council, Central Minnesota Jobs & Training Services Inc. and Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council will operate career pathway programming in manufacturing, health care, and business administration information technology sectors in a 26-county region. These local workforce investment boards will identify, recruit, and serve adults with disabilities by strengthening partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation, disability agencies, and employers and modifying career pathway education for participants as needed.

Source: Minnesota DEED Press Release

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