between employment service professionals, job seekers with disabilities and business
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The Diversity Partners team would like to thank all of our stakeholders for helping us to develop, refine, and utilize the online modules we have created through this project. Mutually beneficial partnerships between business and employment service providers is a critical component of success for job seekers with disabilities. The long-term goal of Diversity Partners included plans to sustain the curriculum after the expiration of federal support. As our federal funding for Diversity Partners expired on September 30, 2019 we have officially come to that crossroads. As of October 1, 2019, the Diversity Partners project will transition into its post-grant offerings. This means that the online modules will no longer be freely available to existing users.
Diversity Partners will be offered through a subscription model with additional training support available beginning in March of 2020. Through this mechanism, we will continue to engage employment service organizations in enhancing partnerships between business and employment service providers. To learn more about our plans, please contact us.
Our post grant offerings will take two forms. First, we are working in collaboration with the State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency in New York State (ACCES-VR) to extend the curriculum offered through the NYS Consortium for Advancing and Supporting Employment. Through this partnership, the Diversity Partners online modules will be paired with the more traditional training offered to providers who are under contract with ACCES-VR.
Please contact us if you are interested in pursuing a similar partnership for providers in your state.
The goal of the Diversity Partners project is to "repair the bridge" between labor supply and demand.
“I believe [Diversity Partners] is a really innovative, up-to-date and necessary/valuable approach to the work we do and our constituents!”
– Employment Specialist at Capabilities, Inc., a disability service provider.