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Nashua Area Agency to lead state employment effort.

The Area Agency of Greater Nashua is one of two agencies in the state to be awarded a federal grant aimed at improving access to competitive employment for people with disabilities.

Along with the Keene area agency, the Nashua organization was chosen to lead and implement a variety of innovative programs and initiatives under the Employment for All Consortium.

This first-of-its-kind state initiative is designed to help individuals with disabilities by offering a wide array of community support programs, outreach services, career opportunities and connections and self-advocacy training--all aimed at helping individuals with disabilities to enter or re-enter the workforce.

The Employment for All Consortium will have four local committees that will include individuals with disabilities, family members of those with disabilities, local civic organizations, government officials, legislators, human services providers, school system representatives and employers.

Partners in the consortium include The PLUS Company, The Family Support Council, Community Council of Greater Nashua, Harbor Homes, Granite State Independent Living Center, Together, Vocational Rehabilitation, Southern New Hampshire Services, One Stop Center of Greater Nashua, area school districts, Region 10 Community Support Services, CSNI Southern Training Collaborative, the Nashua Community Economic Development Council and Welfare Department, UNH Institute on Disability, Opportunity NetWorks, Easter Seals, Robert Purcell, president of Brevan Corp., Rotary Club of Nashua West, Service Link Resource Center of Hillsborough County, National Alliance on Mental Illness, N.H. Rep. Cindy Rosenwald, Parent Information Center, Nashua Pastoral Care and Nashua Center/Jobs.

Officials expect at least 200 individuals will directly benefit from the service each year over the next four years and an additional 500 will benefit from the associated training programs.
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Title Annotation:NASHUA; Area Agency of Greater Nashua
Publication:New Hampshire Business Review
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1U1NH
Date:Apr 27, 2007
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