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Workforce training needed for disabled graduates

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January 9, 2008

Albany -- Nearly 700 people with mental or physical disabilities will graduate from Georgia High Schools this year, and they need training to move into the workforce.

  Albany has a program that addresses that need.   EmployAbility, is a work force training center for the Albany Advocacy Resource Center.  

 They work with dozens of young people with development disabilities like cerebral palsy or autism. but say there are obstacles in the disabled's path. EmployAbility Director Robert Joyner said "Transportation being the one. Some of these small rural counties don't have transportation for public use. So in that case we'll work with them."

EmployAbility runs a thrift store at 901 Pine Avenue in Albany where some of the clients train. The Department of Labor's Vocational Rehabilitation office helps find jobs for their clients.