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Center on Disability Studies Awarded $425,000 Signature Employment Grant

Dr. Steven Brown, Dr. Megan Conway and Mr. Thomas Conway of the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii have been awarded a $425,000 Signature Employment Grant by the Kessler Foundation to develop “EmployAble”, a model virtual reality employment orientation and support center using Second Life as a platform to provide training, networking, mentoring and employment resources for people with disabilities and employers. One group that the project will target, Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury, often have difficulty finding and maintaining employment due to the complex nature of their disabilities. EmployAble is the first such center of its kind, and will serve as a model for future centers aimed at increasing the employment rate of persons with disabilities.

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