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Recovery funds to help reimburse businesses, train vision impaired people

Release Date: April 6, 2010
Contact: Jim Jones, 919-733-9190

RALEIGH – The Vocational Rehabilitation program of the N.C. Division of Services for the Blind is expanding some of its incentives to North Carolina businesses as part of a developing strategy to encourage businesses to provide job training for up to 1,850 DSB clients who will be eligible for job placement this year.

The division assists people with visual disabilities in securing and maintaining competitive employment. DSB may reimburse employers from 50 percent to 108 percent for wages paid for up to 1,000 hours to agency-referred workers that the employers have agreed to train. American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funds have made some of the program expansions possible while other programs are a standard agency practice.

The agency provides pre-screening of job candidates prior to referral to businesses and no-cost work observations to the business prior to the final hiring decision. DSB also follows up with the business and the new employee to ensure a good employment match, provides workplace accommodation assistance if needed, and assists with tax incentives to businesses of up to $2,400 annually per hire.

For more information, contact the NCDSB Central Office, toll-free, at (866) 222-1546.



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