National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Stanley putting away inventory at Kwik Shop.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, so we’re taking some time to celebrate individuals with disabilities like Stanley who are an integral part of our local workforce.

Stanley initially came to CPRF as shy and anxious, but with a few ideas about fields of work he’d be interested in. After trying out a variety of part-time positions in customer service and retail, Stanley accepted a position at a local Kwik Shop as a Floor Associate. His manager regards him as one of his best employees. Through his experience with CPRF’s End-Dependence Kansas project, Stanley found the confidence he needs to work in a position that requires interacting with people every day.
Through our End-Dependence Kansas program, CPRF Employment Consultants guide youth with disabilities who are transitioning from high school to employment. Based on the client’s interests and needs, we organize workplace tours, informational interviews, and work experiences to help our clients find the work environment that best suits them. This five-year initiative is designed to boost employment opportunities and job exposure for Kansans with disabilities.

End-Dependence Kansas is funded through Title I – Vocational Rehabilitation of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Title IV of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act).  Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Education (CFDA 84.126A).  A total of 78.7% of the project funds are federal dollars referenced above.  There are no non-government sources of funds.

This program is provided by the Kansas Department for Children and Families.