CT Dept. of Labor receives $2.5 million grant to enhance work with disabled

By Kevin Zimmerman

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The Connecticut Department of Labor has been awarded a $2.5 million federal grant to enhance its ongoing work to promote employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor, enables the state agency to build upon its Disability Employment Initiative, which includes providing disability resource coordinators in American Job Centers to assist job seekers and employers, upgrading technology to help those with disabilities gain employment, and offering Diverse Ability career fairs to connect employers and job seekers.

The grant will also be used to build upon community partnerships and collaborations between agencies and organizations that can help foster employment for those with a disability, to leverage resources for job training, opportunities and supportive services and to customize employment strategies to help job seekers with significant disabilities.

“Our state has tools available to help ensure employers and job seekers have the resources and knowledge they need to make the right connections,” said Gov. Dannel Malloy. “This grant will help us enhance those efforts.”

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