2004 Conference Proceedings

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Therese Stein
Senior Workforce Development Specialist
Phone: 571-226-4628
Email: tstein@nish.org


NISH is a national nonprofit organization established in 1974 as part of the Javits-Wagner-O'Day (JWOD) Act, whose mission is to create employment for people with severe disabilities by securing federal contracts for agencies that participate in the JWOD Program. NISH has a network of more than 500 community rehabilitation programs that produce quality products and provide a variety of services to federal customers nationwide. There are another 1,500 community rehabilitation programs that are affiliated with NISH across the country.

The JWOD Program

The JWOD Program provides employment opportunities for over 40,000 Americans who are blind or have other severe disabilities. The JWOD Program uses the purchasing power of the federal government to buy products and services from participating, community-based nonprofit agencies dedicated to training and employing individuals with disabilities. The JWOD Program provides people who are blind or who have other severe disabilities the opportunity to acquire job skills and training, receive good wages and benefits and gain greater independence and quality of life. Through the JWOD Program, people with disabilities enjoy full participation in their community and can market their JWOD-learned skills into other public/private sector jobs.

Workplace Technology Scholarship Program (WTSP)

NISH established the WTSP to encourage students to design creative technological solutions to barriers that prevent people with disabilities from entering or advancing in the workplace. People with disabilities must compete for employment opportunities with those who do not experience physical, sensory and/or cognitive disabilities. Technology can be used to help people with disabilities use their own unique abilities to reach their employment goals.

The following types of workplace technology designs that address employment for people with disabilities will be accepted:

Up to three awards are given annually for $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 with matching monetary prizes awarded to the sponsoring department.

The presentation will provide information on how attendees can participate in the program.

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