Abilities, Inc. and Verizon Collaborate to Provide Computer-based Training For People with Disabilities

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Verizon Communications

    PATCHOGUE, N.Y., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon and Abilities Inc., part
 of the National Center for Disability Services, are collaborating on a
 training program designed to help people with disabilities improve their
 skills and find employment.  The program, titled Training 2001, will kick off
 April 27 at the Verizon Multi-Media Training Center, 501 North Ocean Ave.,
 Patchogue, N.Y.
     "We are excited to continue our partnership with Verizon to provide
 training that will offer people with disabilities the opportunity to improve
 their skills to better market themselves to employers," said Edmund L. Cortez,
 president and CEO of Abilities, Inc. and the National Center for Disability
 Services.
     Training 2001 is an extension of the successful collaboration begun in
 1999 between Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic) and Northeast Career Planning,
 an Abilities, Inc. partner in Albany, N.Y.  Last year, Verizon and Abilities,
 Inc. provided a similar training program in Nassau County.  Almost 100 job
 seekers with disabilities received training on a wide variety of computer
 software.
     "Verizon is extremely pleased to help expand this enormously successful
 program," said Judi Schillaci, Verizon Long Island director for Community
 Affairs.  "This is a natural extension of a program that provides the
 necessary computer, technical and business skills for people with disabilities
 on Long Island.  This program benefits not only the individuals, but also Long
 Island businesses who can more easily draw from a previously untapped
 employment source -- people with disabilities."
     As part of the Training 2001 program, the staff of Abilities, Inc. will
 identify candidates for the training, and assess their needs.  Abilities will
 coordinate scheduling and attendance at the Verizon center.  At Verizon's
 multi-media training center, candidates will take advantage of self-guided
 computer training and receive associated training materials and guidance from
 the center's training professional.
     Nine disability organizations across Long Island will refer candidates to
 Abilities, Inc. for placement in the program.  To accommodate the growth, the
 training now will be based at Verizon's Suffolk County facility.
     The training program offers several hundred computer-based training
 courses focusing on technical to managerial skills.  Program length ranges
 from several hours to two days and benefits individuals seeking employment for
 the first time, those seeking to re-enter the workforce or those who are
 currently working and are seeking to upgrade their skills.  The program is
 self-paced and is available during business hours alongside Verizon employees
 taking the same training.
     For their collaborative efforts, Verizon and Abilities, Inc. received the
 1999 regional and statewide national Disability Employment Awareness Month
 awards presented by the New York State Office of Vocational and Educational
 Services for Individuals with Disabilities; and the 2000 New York State
 Rehabilitation Association Business/Industry Recognition Award.  Their
 collaboration also was acknowledged last year as one of the best practices by
 then U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexis Herman at the National Skills
 Summit.
     People with disabilities who are seeking training to gain employment may
 call Abilities, Inc. at 631-952-6756 for more information about eligibility
 for participation in Training 2001.
     Abilities, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has been helping
 people with disabilities transition into the workforce for over fifty years.
 It is the parent corporation of the Edwin W. Martin, Jr. Career and Employment
 Institute, which provides employment evaluation, training and placement
 services to more than 1500 adults with disabilities each year, and the
 National Business & Disability Council, which is the leading national resource
 for the successful integration of people with disabilities into the workforce
 and consumer marketplace.
     The National Center for Disability Services is a national non-profit
 facility that empowers children and adults with disabilities to fulfill their
 academic and professional potential through education, vocational training,
 research, and rehabilitation services. The Center operates the Mary Jean and
 Frank P. Smeal Learning Center, the Nathaniel H. Kornreich Technology Center,
 and the Research and Training Institute.  The Center supports and works in
 partnership with Abilities, Inc., which includes the Edwin W. Martin, Jr.
 Career and Employment Institute and the National Business & Disability
 Council.  The Center also supports and works in partnership with the Henry
 Viscardi School.
 
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with nearly 109
 million access line equivalents and more than 27.5 million wireless customers.
 Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10
 company with approximately $65 billion in 2000 revenues and more than 260,000
 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the
 Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  For more information on Verizon,
 visit http://www.verizon.com.
 
 

SOURCE Verizon Communications
    PATCHOGUE, N.Y., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon and Abilities Inc., part
 of the National Center for Disability Services, are collaborating on a
 training program designed to help people with disabilities improve their
 skills and find employment.  The program, titled Training 2001, will kick off
 April 27 at the Verizon Multi-Media Training Center, 501 North Ocean Ave.,
 Patchogue, N.Y.
     "We are excited to continue our partnership with Verizon to provide
 training that will offer people with disabilities the opportunity to improve
 their skills to better market themselves to employers," said Edmund L. Cortez,
 president and CEO of Abilities, Inc. and the National Center for Disability
 Services.
     Training 2001 is an extension of the successful collaboration begun in
 1999 between Verizon (formerly Bell Atlantic) and Northeast Career Planning,
 an Abilities, Inc. partner in Albany, N.Y.  Last year, Verizon and Abilities,
 Inc. provided a similar training program in Nassau County.  Almost 100 job
 seekers with disabilities received training on a wide variety of computer
 software.
     "Verizon is extremely pleased to help expand this enormously successful
 program," said Judi Schillaci, Verizon Long Island director for Community
 Affairs.  "This is a natural extension of a program that provides the
 necessary computer, technical and business skills for people with disabilities
 on Long Island.  This program benefits not only the individuals, but also Long
 Island businesses who can more easily draw from a previously untapped
 employment source -- people with disabilities."
     As part of the Training 2001 program, the staff of Abilities, Inc. will
 identify candidates for the training, and assess their needs.  Abilities will
 coordinate scheduling and attendance at the Verizon center.  At Verizon's
 multi-media training center, candidates will take advantage of self-guided
 computer training and receive associated training materials and guidance from
 the center's training professional.
     Nine disability organizations across Long Island will refer candidates to
 Abilities, Inc. for placement in the program.  To accommodate the growth, the
 training now will be based at Verizon's Suffolk County facility.
     The training program offers several hundred computer-based training
 courses focusing on technical to managerial skills.  Program length ranges
 from several hours to two days and benefits individuals seeking employment for
 the first time, those seeking to re-enter the workforce or those who are
 currently working and are seeking to upgrade their skills.  The program is
 self-paced and is available during business hours alongside Verizon employees
 taking the same training.
     For their collaborative efforts, Verizon and Abilities, Inc. received the
 1999 regional and statewide national Disability Employment Awareness Month
 awards presented by the New York State Office of Vocational and Educational
 Services for Individuals with Disabilities; and the 2000 New York State
 Rehabilitation Association Business/Industry Recognition Award.  Their
 collaboration also was acknowledged last year as one of the best practices by
 then U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Alexis Herman at the National Skills
 Summit.
     People with disabilities who are seeking training to gain employment may
 call Abilities, Inc. at 631-952-6756 for more information about eligibility
 for participation in Training 2001.
     Abilities, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that has been helping
 people with disabilities transition into the workforce for over fifty years.
 It is the parent corporation of the Edwin W. Martin, Jr. Career and Employment
 Institute, which provides employment evaluation, training and placement
 services to more than 1500 adults with disabilities each year, and the
 National Business & Disability Council, which is the leading national resource
 for the successful integration of people with disabilities into the workforce
 and consumer marketplace.
     The National Center for Disability Services is a national non-profit
 facility that empowers children and adults with disabilities to fulfill their
 academic and professional potential through education, vocational training,
 research, and rehabilitation services. The Center operates the Mary Jean and
 Frank P. Smeal Learning Center, the Nathaniel H. Kornreich Technology Center,
 and the Research and Training Institute.  The Center supports and works in
 partnership with Abilities, Inc., which includes the Edwin W. Martin, Jr.
 Career and Employment Institute and the National Business & Disability
 Council.  The Center also supports and works in partnership with the Henry
 Viscardi School.
 
     Verizon Communications (NYSE:   VZ) is one of the world's leading providers
 of communications services.  Verizon companies are the largest providers of
 wireline and wireless communications in the United States, with nearly 109
 million access line equivalents and more than 27.5 million wireless customers.
 Verizon is also the largest directory publisher in the world.  A Fortune 10
 company with approximately $65 billion in 2000 revenues and more than 260,000
 employees, Verizon's global presence extends to more than 40 countries in the
 Americas, Europe, Asia and the Pacific.  For more information on Verizon,
 visit http://www.verizon.com.
 
 SOURCE  Verizon Communications

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