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"Hire Abilities" Project Launched In Hawaii
March 30, 2005

HONOLULU, HAWAII--The Honolulu Star-Bulletin reported Tuesday that the state has launched a two-year project designed to help Hawaiians with disabilities get to work or back to work.

Hire Abilities-Hawaii is being supported with a $1 million Medicaid Infrastructure Grant from the U.S. Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services.

Part of the money will be used to help some of the 180,000 working age islanders with disabilities to work without having to worry about losing their medical benefits. The project will also look at providing personal assistance services in the work place for part of a work day.

Project organizers have partnered with the Workforce Development Council to help make changes from within the business community.

"People feel better when they work," said project director Susan Miller. "There is more to their life when they're working."

"Disabilities less of a work obstacle" (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)


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