State Senator Jason Lewis led the effort to secure $200,000 in funding for Triangle’s School to Career Program as part of the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget. This funding will support efforts that connect special education students with disabilities to services designed to enhance their job and career opportunities and enrich their local communities.
Triangle, Inc. is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Malden that empowers people with disabilities and their families to enjoy rich, fulfilling lives. Triangle was established in 1971 by business leaders and families who believe we are all people with ability. In FY21 they provided job training, placement, and support services to more than 300 individuals with intellectual disabilities, and they provided services to 1,022 students with disabilities through partnerships with more than forty school districts.
“Every person deserves to be treated with respect and dignity, and to have the opportunity to live up to their full potential,” said Senator Jason Lewis. “I’m very pleased to have been able to assist Triangle with securing state funding that supports such an important and worthy program.”
“As members and advocates of the disability community, Triangle, Inc is deeply appreciative of Sen. Lewis’ and the Legislature’s efforts to secure this critical funding. We have seen firsthand the impact that the pandemic has had on students with disabilities and the transition from academic environments into the workforce. These funds will help us to support these students as they explore their career goals and obtain dignified and fair employment opportunities,” said Coleman Nee, CEO of Triangle, Inc.
The FY23 state budget was enacted by both branches of the legislature in July and has been signed into law by Governor Baker.