UMKC-led consortium gets grant to help people with disabilities

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 | 7:56 a.m. CST; updated 11:52 a.m. CST, Wednesday, November 9, 2011

KANSAS CITY — A consortium led by the University of Missouri-Kansas City is getting a $2.19 million federal grant to help youth who are disabled and young adults get jobs.

The project is called Show Me Careers: Missouri's Transition-to-Employment Collaborative. It's aimed at improving the employment prospects among people 16 to 30 years old with developmental and intellectual disabilities. One focus will be making the transition from school to work smoother.

Members of the consortium include the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities and Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Funding for the grant comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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