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New DOL Initiative Highlighted During Disability Employment Awareness Month

For immediate release
October 18, 2007

WETHERSFIELD,  October is Disability Employment Awareness Month – a national observance designed to recognize the contributions of workers with disabilities.  In keeping with this observance, Labor Department Commissioner Patricia H. Mayfield has chosen this month to publicize the Disability Navigator Program – an initiative that the agency very recently began implementing. 

Funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor and the Social Security Administration, the program provides for the placement of “navigators” – knowledgeable individuals who serve as disability resource persons – in six regional One-Stop Career Centers. 

In addition to the full range of employment and training services offered, Disability Program Navigators will serve as on-site liaisons to help people with disabilities “navigate” the One-Stop workforce system and the complex provisions of relevant state and federal disability programs that can impact a person’s ability to gain, return to, or retain employment. 

“This program allows us to provide increased employment-related and outreach services to our citizens with disabilities – especially those who may need additional help to fully integrate  themselves into Connecticut’s workforce,” Commissioner Mayfield said.  “In addition to the staff and services already available, having Disability Program Navigators conveniently located in the local One-Stop Career Centers gives our job seekers with disabilities a valuable asset,” she added. 

Connecticut was one of 16 grantees during 2007. There are currently 500 Disability Program Navigators in 45 states.

All 14 CTWorks Career Centers are handicapped accessible and equipped with adaptive work stations and assistive technology.  For more information or to locate the nearest One-Stop Career Center, visit the agency Web site at www.ct.gov/dol.

Media Contact: Nancy Steffens  (860) 263-6535


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