Maryland DLLR awarded grant to improve employment for disabled people

Maryland was awarded a federal grant to improve employment for disabled people.

The Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation was awarded a $2.5 million federal grant announced Wednesday to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Disability Employment Initiative grant is intended to help provide job training opportunities for those with disabilities, expand support services and build partnerships with businesses. A total of nearly $15 million was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor to six states, including Maryland. Since 2010, the department has awarded grants of more than $123 million through the initiative to 28 states to improve education, training, and employment outcomes of people with disabilities.

"America works best when we field a full team, and that means making sure that everyone has access to opportunity in our dynamic economy," U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez said in a statement. "The grants we are awarding today will help to strengthen partnerships that ensure employers know that it is what people with disabilities can do that matters most."

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