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October 5, 2011

Job Support

The government is sending a total of $21 million to states for job-related programs.  The states will get $1.8- $6 million.  State beneficiaries include Washington, South Dakota, and Ohio.  The money is given by the Department of Labor. 

The money will be used to help young people with physical/mental challenges find work.  It will also help increase education and training for jobs.  People with physical/mental challenges who have Supplemental Security Income are expected to also benefit from these programs. 

“During these difficult economic times, it is important to ensure that all workers, including those with disabilities — who as a group face employment barriers even during times of prosperity — are able to benefit from the Labor Department’s employment and retraining services,” said Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis. “These federal grants will help to provide services and support to individuals with disabilities in seven additional states, and put them on the path to permanent and secure jobs.”

The major purpose of the money is to improve communication between independent living centers and vocational rehab services to allow their clients to gain a stable job.   Nine states currently have the money in their budgets.  Some of these states are: New Jersey, Kansas, and Alaska.

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