The Disability Program Navigator helps people with disabilities "navigate" through the enormous challenges of seeking work. Complex rules surrounding entitlement programs, along with fear of losing cash assistance and health benefits, can often discourage people with disabilities from working. The Disability Program Navigator (DPN) better informs beneficiaries and other people with disabilities about the work support programs now available at the CTWorks One-Stop Career Centers. These Centers provide information, training and other employment-related services at a single customer-friendly location. This program works to achieve seamless, comprehensive, and integrated access to services, creating systemic change, and expanding the workforce development system's capacity to serve customers with disabilities and employers.

The Disability Program Navigator is knowledgeable on a broad range of federal, state, local and private work incentives and other employment support programs and services. The Eastern Region DPN offers an informative workshop, DIRECT, at each of the 4 CTWorks-East Career Centers. The purpose of this Workshop is to increase accessibility to the One-Stop Centers by empowering customers through information on resources that are available to the Disabled. The workshop includes information on the following: CTWorks Centers, BRS, PABSS, SSA Work Incentives, Connect to Work Centers, Connect-ability Web-Site, DNEC, and an array of Resource Snapshots Materials.

Contact: Daniel Ryan
860-859-5622
dryan@tvcca.org