The Arc of Wabash County and The Arc of Lagrange County were recently selected as two of only 12 organizations nationwide to become a part of the NEON Project (National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network) with the DOL Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Each organization will receive 40 hours of free technical assistance and training to help transform their employment programs and services.
Background: In 2016, the Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities (ACICIEID) submitted a Final Report to Congress. The report presented issues that impact the pursuit of competitive integrated employment (CIE) by individuals with disabilities and makes recommendations for mitigating these issues. A key recommendation of the committee was to increase the capacity of employment service providers to provide CIE through both organizational restructuring and staff professional development. To address this need, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) established the National Expansion of Employment Opportunities Network (NEON).
The Purpose of NEONNEON is an initiative to collaborate with national provider organizations (NPOs) to develop strategic plans for increasing CIE opportunities for the individuals they serve, including those with significant disabilities and those who have faced barriers to employment.