The Maurice Warshaw Foundation and the Easter Seal Society of Utah Inc. have teamed up to expand the Ability Utah "Projects with Industry" program.

Ability Utah has been helping employers find qualified employees who have disabilities for more than seven years. Projects with Industry is a federally funded program whose goal is to place individuals with disabilities in competitive employment. Five placement specialists work out of Job Service offices in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo and Clearfield. Potential employees are referred by the state vocational rehabilitation agency and by other referral sources. Staff placement specialists meet with the worker, assess job skills and work to find placement.More than 2,100 people have been placed in competitive employment through the program during the past seven years. Employers include Sears Telecatalog, WordPerfect, Marriott Concepts, Prolitho, McDonalds, Wendy's and ShopKo.

The foundation and Easter Seals were both started by the late Maurice Warshaw, who founded the Grand Central stores. The foundation tries to increase the independence of people with disabilities by enhancing their employment opportunities. The foundation sponsors the annual Golden Key Awards luncheon and the Governor's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities.

For more information, call 531-0522.