The U.S. Department of Education announced today the award of a $200,000 grant to Southern University in Baton Rouge, La., to explore ways to help young African-Americans with disabilities successfully transition into society.
Southern will use the funding to support Project Work Opportunity through Resource and Capacity Building (WORC). Under the project, the university will develop and validate a service delivery model aimed at enhancing community integration and employment for African-Americans with emotional, intellectual and behavioral disabilities.
"African-Americans with disabilities deserve economic and social self-sufficiency," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "The funding will provide resources to help African-Americans with disabilities achieve their goals and independence."
The grant is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Education's National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research under its Minority Serving Institution Field Initiated Projects Program.