More than 260 college students and recent graduates with disabilities have
been placed in summer and permanent jobs since the Labor Department's Workforce
Recruitment Program (WRP) was announced in April, U.S. Labor Secretary Elaine
L. Chao announced.
States that have placed the most students through WRP include Maryland, Virginia,
New York, Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia.
Also according to WRP statistics, about one-third of the students placed in
jobs under the Labor Department program identified themselves as "minority."
"WRP is a key resource for potential employers to find qualified students
and recent graduates who are eager to enter the workforce and prove what they
can do," says Roy Grizzard, Assistant Secretary for the Office of Disability
Employment Policy (ODEP), which helps administer the program.
ODEP, in cooperation with the Department of Defense, offers employers a complimentary
CD-ROM database of qualified students by field of study, state or school, in
disciplines ranging from computer sciences and business, to communications engineering
and office administration. Searches generate candidate profiles, academic and
demographic data, and contact information from applications recruited by the
program from more than 180 colleges and universities in over 40 states and territories.
The CD-ROM and additional information are available from www.wrpjobs.com,
or by contacting ODEP at (202) 693-7880.
Other resources ODEP offers to business to employ people with disabilities
are the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) and the Employer Assistance and Referral
Network (EARN). JAN is a toll-free information and referral service on job accommodations
for people with disabilities. It can be reached at 1-800-526-7234 or at www.jan.wvu.edu.
EARN, a national toll-free telephone and electronic information referral service,
helps employers in locate and recruit qualified workers with disabilities. EARN
can be reached at 1-866-Earn Now (1-866-327-6669) or via its website (www.earnworks.com).
ODEP also encourages employers and employees to access www.DisabilityInfo.gov,
a cross-government portal on disability easily accessible to all Americans.