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Customized Employment Grants

Project: Transition Adjustment and Career Education (TACE)

Geographic Area: Rio Grande, Texas (West Texas Counties of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis, and Presidio)

Alex Simental
Grants Specialist
Upper Rio Grande Workforce Development Board
221 N. Kansas
El Paso TX 79901
915-772-2002 x255

Goal: To enhance the capability of One-Stop Career Centers to deliver services to people with disabilities, bridging education and job development with customized employment services.

Partners: Upper Rio Grandee Workforce Development Board (URGWDB), El Paso Community College, Texas Rehabilitation Agency, Texas Assistive Technology Center, University of El Paso, Goodwill Industries of El Paso, Community Options, Workforce Commission, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Texas Commission for Health and Human Services, Texas Department of Human Services, Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services, Volar Center for Independent Living, Salvation Army's Transitional Living Center, US/Mexico Border Health Association, Region XIX Educational Services.



Project: Alaska Customized Employment

Geographic Area: Most of Alaska (Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Wasilla, Kenai)

Sean O'Brien
Project Coordinator
DVR Central Office
801 West 10th Street, Suite A
Juneau AK 99801
Alaska project website

Goal: To build the capacity of statewide One-Stop Job Centers to effectively serve people with disabilities through the provision of customized employment services.

Partners: Alaska Workforce Investment Board, Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Division of Employment Security, Division of Public Assistance, State Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Department of Health and Human Services, Governor's Council on Disabilities and Special Education, Alaska Consumer Leadership Network.



Project: Success Project

Geographic Area: 14 counties in eastern Washington State (Benton-Franklin, Tri-Valley WDC, Yakama, Kliskitat, and Kittitas Counties)

Jesse Farias
Project Manager
316A Southpark Drive
Wapatop WA 98951
Tricities project website

Goal: To build the capacity of WorkSource staff to provide customized employment services to people with disabilities, focusing on people with cognitive disabilities currently in sheltered workshops and other segregated settings.

Partners: the 3 Workforce Boards, Institute for Community Inclusion, Washington Workforce Association, and the mandated partners.



Project: Alabama Customized Employment (ACE) Program

Geographic Area: All Alabama except Jefferson and Mobile counties

Tammy Farmer
Dept. of Economic and Community Affairs
401 Adams Avenue, Room 390
Montgomery AL 36103

Goal: To demonstrate successful strategies for customized employment services for people with disabilities by the One-Stop Career Centers, resulting in increased employment and wages.

Partners: Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Gorman & Associates, LLC, Alabama WIB, Janice Capilouto Center for the Deaf, Central Alabama Easter Seals, East Alabama Easter Seals, Department of Rehabilitation Services, Department of Medicaid, Governor's Office on Disabilities, Small Business Development Centers, STAR Program.



Project: Breaking Barriers

Geographic Area: City of Detroit, Michigan

Goal: To improve the capacity of Detroit's One-Stop Career Centers to provide customized employment services to people with disabilities, targeting youth transitioning out of special education.

Patricia Chatman
CEP Manager
Goodwill of Greater Detroit
3111 Grand River Ave
Detroit, MI 48208-2962
313-964-3900 x226

Partners: City of Detroit, Michigan Department of Career Development Rehabilitation Services, Employment Central (Wagner-Peyser Employment Service), Detroit Public Schools, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, American Society of Employees, Detroit's Work Place, United Cerebral Palsy Association of Metropolitan Detroit.



Project: Whatever It Takes

Geographic Area: Town of Hempstead/City of Long Beach, New York

Edward Kenny
Department of Occupational Resources
Hempstead Executive Plaza
50 Clinton Street, Suite 400
Hempstead NY 11550
516-485-5000 x1148
Hempstead project website

Goal: To enhance the capacity of One-Stop Career Centers to provide customized employment services to people with disabilities.

Partners: Hempstead Workforce Investment Board, Department of Occupational Resources, NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Abilities, Inc. of the National Center for Disability Services, Nassau County Board of Cooperative Education Services, Education Assistance Corporation, Drake Beam Morin, Inc., Goodwill Industries, Economic Opportunity Commission, National Council on the Aging, and other mandated partners.



Project: Enhanced Availability of Customized Employment Through the One-Stop Delivery System

Geographic Area: Richmond, Virginia

Aida Pacheco Rivadeneira
Program Manager
Richmond Career Advancement Center
201 West Broad Street
Richmond VA 23220
804-780-4146 x119

Goal: To strengthen the linkages of the One-Stop system with schools, existing services in for individuals with disabilities, and the Virginia Business Leadership Network (BLN) to build durable capacity in the One-Stop system to support individuals with disabilities to prepare for, obtain, and advance in good jobs.

Partners: Richmond WIB, Training and Development Corporation, Virginia BLN, Virginia Commonwealth University's Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Department of Rehabilitative Services, Central Virginia Center for Independent Living, Richmond Career Advancement Center, Richmond Goodwill Industries, and Richmond City Public Schools.



Project: Customized Employment Grant

Geographic Area: Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana

Steve Savage
Grant Coordinator
Indianapolis Private Industry Council
151 North Delaware Street, Suite 1600
Indianapolis IN 46204
317-684-2256, 317-502-4766

Goal: To expand the capacity of the One-Stop Career Centers to provide customized employment services to people with disabilities.

Partners: Indianapolis Private Industry Council, Inc., Department of Workforce Development, Marion County Workforce Investment Board, Easter Seals Crossroads, Goodwill Industries of Central Indiana, Vocational Rehabilitation, and other mandated partners.