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WVU program gets funding to help employ disabled


HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia University Research Corporation is getting $2.5 million in federal funding to help people with disabilities get and keep jobs.

Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin announced the U.S. Department of Labor funding on Thursday.

Officials say the corporation will use the funding to manage and operate the Office of Disability Employment Policy's Job Accommodation Network. The network is a national technical assistance center that helps with the employment and retention of workers with disabilities.

West Virginia University has hosted the network since the project first began in 1983. WVU's program receives more than 38,000 inquiries each year and employs nearly 30 staff members.


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