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$5.6 Million in Grants Awarded to Help Boost Job Prospects for People with Disabilities


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Jim Bradshaw, (202) 401-1576 , press@ed.gov


The U.S. Department of Education announced today that it will award more than $5.6 million in grants to support the professional development of state vocational rehabilitation staff who provide services that lead to employment of persons with disabilities.

"These funds are aimed at helping Americans with disabilities find employment," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "Improving the job skills of persons with disabilities is an investment in their future — and in the country's economic future."

Of the $5.6 million, more than $4.4 million will be distributed by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) to 75 state vocational rehabilitation agencies to help train personnel in effective management and skill areas that lead to employment of individuals with disabilities.

Another $1.2 million will provided to 19 state agencies in "Quality Awards" for successfully addressing one of the priorities for the program, including:

  • Development and dissemination of model in-service training materials and practices;
  • Distance education; or,
  • Enhanced employment outcomes for specific populations.

More than one million Americans with disabilities are served by vocational rehabilitation programs funded by RSA. Support services include vocational evaluation, counseling and guidance, work adjustment, diagnosis and treatment of physical and mental impairments, education and vocational training, job placement and post-employment services.

States that are unable to serve all eligible individuals with disabilities who apply must give priority to those with the most significant disabilities. Services are provided according to an individualized plan for employment.

In 2009, the vocational rehabilitation program helped nearly 200,000 individuals with disabilities — 92 percent of whom have significant disabilities — get jobs.

Following is a list of the grant recipients for the two programs.

OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES Rehabilitation Services Administration STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION UNIT IN-SERVICE TRAINING BASIC AWARDS (CFDA 84.265A)

  • Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services, Human Resources Division -- $97,034.
  • Alaska Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Labor and Workforce Development -- $18,883.
  • American Samoa Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Basic Support -- $18,883.
  • Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services -- $79,242.
  • Arkansas Rehabilitation Services, Staff Development and Training -- $83,277.
  • California Department of Rehabilitation, Administrative Services Division, Staff Development Section -- $300,091.
  • Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $40,721.
  • Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind -- Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.
  • Connecticut Department of Social Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services -- $24,213.
  • Delaware Department of Labor, Division for the Visually Impaired -- $18,883.
  • Delaware Department of Labor, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.
  • Florida Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $158,300.
  • Florida Division of Blind Services, Department of Education -- $45,491.
  • Georgia Department of Labor, Rehabilitation Services -- $157,200.
  • Hawaii Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation & Services for the Blind Division -- $18,883.
  • Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired -- $18,883.
  • Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $25,313.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation Services -- $99,419.
  • Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation Services -- Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services -- $57,230.
  • Iowa Department for the Blind -- $18,883.
  • Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Education -- $46,041.
  • Kansas Rehabilitation Services -- $35,585.
  • Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, Office for the Blind -- $18,883.
  • Kentucky Department of Workforce Investment, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $73,555.
  • Louisiana Rehabilitation Services -- $63,650.
  • Maine Department of Labor -- Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $20,177.
  • Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired -- Bureau of Rehabilitation Services -- $18,883.
  • Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services -- $75,390.
  • Massachusetts Commission for the Blind -- Staff Development and Training -- $21,828.
  • Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission -- Training Unit, Vocational Rehabilitation Division -- $77,591.
  • Michigan Commission for the Blind -- Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, Rehabilitation Services -- $18,883.
  • Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, Rehabilitation Services -- $99,052.
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, State Services for the Blind -- $18,883.
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Vocational Rehabilitation Services -- $72,693.
  • Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services -- The Office of Human Resource Development, Training Division -- $94,466.
  • Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $50,260.
  • Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Disability Transitions Programs -- $18,883.
  • Nebraska Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired -- $18,883.
  • Nebraska Department of Education, Division of Rehabilitation Services -- $34,852.
  • Nevada Rehabilitation Division -- Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation -- $20,177.
  • New Hampshire Department of Education, NH Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.
  • New Jersey Department of Human Services, Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired -- $18,883.
  • New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services -- $46,408.
  • New Mexico Commission for the Blind -- $18,883.
  • New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $26,781.
  • New York Education Department, VESID -- $138,673.
  • New York Office of Children and Family Services, Commission for the Blind and Visually Handicapped -- $25,497.
  • North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Division of Services for the Blind -- $33,201.
  • North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Department of Health and Human Services -- $157,750.
  • North Dakota Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.
  • North Mariana Islands (CNMI) Office of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.
  • Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission -- Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation/Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired -- $109,508.
  • Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services -- $59,363.
  • Oregon Commission for the Blind -- Rehabilitation Services -- $18,883.
  • Oregon Human Services, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation Services -- $38,704.
  • Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation -- Bureau of Central Operations, Employer Services and Staff Development Division -- $206,359.
  • Puerto Rico Vocational Rehabilitation Administration -- $129,300.
  • Rhode Island Department of Human Services, Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.
  • South Carolina Commission for the Blind -- Human Resources, Training Department -- $18,883.
  • South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department -- $198,104.
  • South Dakota Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation Services -- $18,883.
  • South Dakota Department of Human Services, Services to the Blind and Visually Impaired -- $18,883.
  • Tennessee Division of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Human Services -- $102,904.
  • Texas DARS -- Division for the Blind Services -- $91,348.
  • Texas Division for Rehabilitation Services -- $253,500.
  • Utah State Office of Rehabilitation -- State Office of Education -- $49,159.
  • Vermont Division of the Blind and Visually Impaired, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living -- $18,883.
  • Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living -- $20,544.
  • Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, Vocational Rehabilitation Program -- $18,883.
  • Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services, Training Division -- $119,046.
  • Washington Department of Services for the Blind -- $18,883.
  • Washington Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $54,846.
  • West Virginia Division of Rehabilitation Services, Education and the Arts -- $54,846.
  • Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $52,828.
  • Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $18,883.

TOTAL -- $4,450,241.

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OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATIVE SERVICES Rehabilitation Services Administration STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION UNIT IN-SERVICE TRAINING BASIC AWARDS (CFDA 84.265B)

  • Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services -- $56,649.
  • Arkansas Rehabilitation Services -- $61,949.
  • California Department of Rehabilitation -- $85,000.
  • Connecticut Department of Social Services Bureau of Rehabilitation Services -- $150,800.
  • Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $32,441.
  • Illinois Department of Human Services, Rehabilitation Services -- $56,000.
  • Kentucky Office for the Blind, Workforce Investment -- $85,000.
  • Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Workforce Investment -- $85,000.
  • Maryland Department of Education -- Division of Rehabilitation Services -- $60,000.
  • Michigan Rehabilitation Services, Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth -- $79,200.
  • Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development -- State Services for the Blind -- $48,690.
  • Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services -- $40,000.
  • New Hampshire Department of Education Vocational Rehabilitation -- $33,545.
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services --Division of Services for the Blind -- $40,000.
  • North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Health and Human Services -- $35,000.
  • Oregon Commission for the Blind -- Rehabilitation Services -- $28,050.
  • Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation -- $149,000.
  • Vermont Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Dept of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living -- $72,000.
  • Virginia Department of Rehabilitation Services -- $16,335.

TOTAL -- $1,214,659



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