Grants Promote Goals Of President's New Freedom Initiative
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao today kicked off
National Disability Employment Awareness Month by announcing the awarding of
approximately $15.3 million in federal grants that will support President George
W. Bush's New Freedom Initiative's goal of integrating Americans with
disabilities into the workforce.
The department's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) awarded
forty-two (42) grants, each ranging from $50,000 to $750,000, and totaling about
"This $15.3 million in grants to 42 organizations will help to promote
the President's goal of increasing employment of Americans with disabilities
into the 21st century workforce," said Secretary Chao. "These grants
will support a variety of initiatives, including assistance to homeless workers
who are disabled so they get the training and housing they need, aid to youth
who are disabled so they are more likely to find and hold jobs when they get
older, and specialized outreach to workers who are disabled at local Career One
Secretary Chao added, "It is fitting that these grants are being
announced during October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This
is not only a time to recognize and celebrate the many employment contributions
of Americans who are disabled, but also to focus attention on the need to
increase employment opportunities of people with disabilities."
ODEP's Assistant Secretary of Labor, Roy Grizzard, whose agency administers
the grants, stated, "These initiatives will go a long way towards
supporting individuals with disabilities as they seek and maintain employment.
Today's announcement augments ODEP's ongoing commitment to continuing grant and
contracting initiatives bringing its investment in employment policy research
and evaluation to approximately $61.5 million since 2001."
Information on these and other Department of Labor initiatives are located
at www.dol.gov. A list of grant recipients is attached.