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New city internships give opportunities to people with disabilities

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A new city government program gives internships to people with disabilities and has exceeded its placement goals in the first six months. reports AMNewYork.

The program, called Partnership for Inclusive Internships (PII), is a joint effort between the city’s Department of Social Services (DSS) and the nonprofit AHRC, with a grant from the Taft Foundation. Internship opportunities include placement in the Human Resources Administration and Department of Homeless Services.

PII started this May and includes opportunities for people with physical disabilities, mental illness, and autism, tailoring to specific needs and skills. The program expected to place 30 interns in the first year, and has already placed 36 interns throughout the DSS system in the first six months.

“Our mission is to provide New Yorkers with the support they need to live independent and productive lives,” said Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks. “We are proud to be a part of this program, which will connect individuals with disabilities to quality public service opportunities within City government, while also providing valuable work experience and promoting a positive, inclusive and welcoming environment for people with disabilities throughout the Department of Social Services.”

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