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Grants aim to help job prospects for persons with disabilities

Updated: 2013-09-12T22:32:25Z

Five community organizations in Kansas will share $263,941 in a first round of Empower Kansans grants designed to help people with disabilities.

UnitedHealthcare has pledged $1.5 million over three years for organizations to provide professional development to such Medicaid beneficiaries. It intends to distribute $500,000 a year.

Initial grants go to Assistive Technology for Kansas, University of Kansas; Cerebral Palsy Research Foundation; Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas; Cottonwood Inc.; and Sedgwick County Community Developmental Disability Organization.

Organizations interested in applying for subsequent grants may send email to ks_community_plan@uhc.com. A committee of nonprofit, government, community and UnitedHealthcare representatives selects recipients.

| Diane Stafford, stafford@kcstar.com

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