LEONARDTOWN, Md. (Nov. 18, 2009)—The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council has awarded a grant for Employment Customized Training and Technical Assistance to the United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland, Inc.; The Center for Life Enrichment, Inc. and Abilities Network, Inc. in collaboration with St. Mary's County Government.
The grant will fund training and technical assistance for agency staff to increase opportunities for integrated employment for persons with significant disabilities.
The training is being delivered by TransCen, a national expert and leader in customized employment methodology. The grant involves class room and in-the-field training to cover job development, working with potential employers, selling, job carving, job building skills, techniques and maintaining connections and creating solutions for barriers to employment. The training focuses on working with county government, defense contractors and Patuxent River Naval River Air Station. St. Mary's County Government will provide facilities for the training in the Governmental Center in Leonardtown.
"United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland is looking forward to increased opportunities for integrated employment in St. Mary's County and collaboration between service providers and St. Mary's County Government," says Mitzi Bernard, Executive Director of UCP of So. Md.
Support for the project came from the Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (CFDA 93.768). $16,495 was awarded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Maryland Department of Disabilities, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Developmental Disabilities Administration and the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, authorized by Public Law 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 (CFDA 93.639). For additional information about the Customized Training and Technical Assistance Program, call April Krauth at United Cerebral Palsy of Southern Maryland at 301-863-8870.
Source: St. Mary's County Government