The Department of Labor, as part of its Disability Employment Initiative, announced Tuesday the allocation of more than $21 million to seven states to improve education, training and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
“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 L. Solis in a Labor Department news release. “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.”
California received the largest portion of the grants with more than $6 million for its programs. Hawaii, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Washington were the other second-round winners in the administration’s Disability Employment Initiative.
In September 2010, the administration announced $21 million in grants to nine states: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, New Jersey, New York and Virginia, jointly run by the department’s Employment and Training Administration and its Office of Disability Employment Policy,