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City of Pittsburgh Joins Effort to Recruit Workers with Disabilities
 The City of Pittsburgh and Mayor William Peduto are actively seeking to recruit workers with disabilities, becoming the latest Pittsburgh-area employers to join the "21 & Able" Career Transition Project, an employee recruitment and retention initiative. 

Almost 1,000 individuals with disabilities graduate high school and enter the local job market every year. 21 & Able, an initiative of the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, makes connections between those job-seekers and major area employers.  

This week the City began to implement the Career Transition Project (CTP), which over the past four years has connected 366 individuals ages 18-38 with disabilities to competitive employment in community organizations throughout Allegheny County. 

Studies show that these workers normally hold positions longer than those without disabilities and have fewer scheduled and unscheduled absences than those without disabilities. 

"A public service career within city government can be a life-changing experience for anyone, but especially someone with disabilities. I am honored that we have become part of this program," Mayor Peduto said. 

This week the City's Human Resources and Civil Service Department under Director Janet Manuel began introducing all city departments to the hiring initiative, which will be aided by Sabrina Clay-Brown, a Career Transition Professional (CTP) who will be embedded in the HRCS department. 

Her role will be to act as a non-traditional recruiter and job coach with the goal to act as career counselor for individuals with disabilities. She will assist and identify qualified job seekers of diverse backgrounds who are ready for a competitive work environment. 

She will also work with City officials to:  

Provide recruiting assistance, guidance, training and general support to city departments regarding the hiring of individuals with disabilities. 

Identify qualified candidates, assist them through the application process and serve as a resource for candidates through the selection process. 

The City of Pittsburgh joins other major employers including Giant Eagle, Peoples Gas, Fed-Ex, Allegheny County and the University of Pittsburgh in participating in the program.  

Participating agencies include: Life’s Work of Western PA; Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh; the Pennsylvania Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR); Achieva; Evolve Coaching Autism support and job coaches; United Way; and Bender Consulting Services. 
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