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$3 million in grants will boost job services for hundreds of North Carolinians with disabilities

Release Date: September 9, 2010
Contact: Ed Bristol, (919) 855-3569

RALEIGH – Twenty-one North Carolina community rehabilitation programs have been awarded federal recovery funds totaling $2,995,996 to increase the services they offer people with disabilities. All assist their clients with job training and placement.

The federal Rehabilitation Services Administration allocated the funds to the N.C Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (NCDVRS) which then solicited proposals from programs across the state outlining ways they could enhance their service offerings.

One of the programs was awarded $200,000 in contracts and will use the funds to train people with disabilities to be nursing assistants and office clerks and others to work in areas like retail sales and customer service. The funds will also help them finance development of products designed to enhance the independence of people with disabilities.

“These funds will help provide for some very creative and productive uses,” said NCDVRS Director Linda Harrington. “We congratulate the local programs for their initiative and commitment to increasing the employment prospects of our citizens with disabilities.”

The grants are spread over 32 separate contracts and were made possible under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. More than 1,400 North Carolinians with disabilities are expected to receive assistance with this funding.

The programs receiving funds are: Beaufort County Developmental Center, Brunswick Interagency Program, Career Management Group, Community Partnerships, Community Workforce Solutions,  Easter Seals UCP, Employment Source, Goodwill-Central North Carolina, Goodwill-Northwest North Carolina, Johnston County Industries, Lee County Industries, Liberty Corner, Lifespan, Martin Enterprises, Monarch, Orange Enterprises, Residential and Support Services, TEACCH, Tri-County Industries, UMAR, and Wake Enterprises.

The N.C Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services operates field offices across the state that provide counseling, training, education, transportation and other services to more than 60,000 consumers annually. These consumers, with physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities, are provided assistance to become job-ready, independent, or both

For local office and other information, visit the DVRS website or call 1-800-689-9090