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Date:June 5, 2007
Contact:Ed Pratt @ (225) 342-3035

Disability Navigator Program gets $1.2 million, to reach statewide
Program helps persons with disabilities prepare for employment

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Labor will receive $1.2 million of federal funding in the upcoming fiscal year to continue the Disability Program Navigator Initiative. The program helps people with disabilities “navigate” through the challenges of seeking work.

“This funding will allow us to expand the program to cover all parts of the state. Until now the program has focused on those areas directly impacted by the hurricanes,” said Louisiana Department of Labor Office of Workforce Development Assistant Secretary Bennett Soulier. “We will have the ability to make career services accessible to all citizens of Louisiana.”

Navigators operate in the Labor Department’s Business and Career Solutions Centers as a resource for people with disabilities. The Navigator links jobseekers with disabilities to counselors at the centers who support them in using services to find employment, including providing them with information on programs, services, housing and transportation supports.

“Our goal with the Navigator Program is to increase the number of people with disabilities who access our employment services to find suitable employment,” Soulier said. “Our Navigators make that possible by working with and educating career counselors on the needs of individuals with disabilities to ensure accessibility for all citizens looking for employment.”

Navigator services are currently available at Business and Career Solutions Centers in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Algiers and Houma. Beginning July 1, the program will expand statewide with services also available in labor market areas that include Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport-Bossier City, and the United Houma Nation.

For more information on the Disability Program Navigator Initiative, visit www.LAWORKS.net and click on “Career Solutions.”

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