Events across the State Highlight the Abilities of People with Disabilities in the Workplace in Recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 | 12:01pm

WHAT:      This month the Tennessee Department of Human Services (TDHS) is joining others across the state and nation in recognizing National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Inclusion Works is the national theme of the 2016 National Disability Employment Awareness Month, which highlights the contributions, the diversity and the impact people with disabilities make in the workforce.

TDHS, partner agencies and service providers will conduct events and take part in social media campaigns to inform communities of the skills, talents, strengths and abilities people with disabilities bring to the workplace.  A partial list of scheduled events is below:

October 12

Disability Employment Awareness Month Recognition Day with Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Career Coach

8:30 am to 11:30 am

TN Rehabilitation Center at Manchester

91 Volunteer Parkway

Manchester, TN

Contact: Deborah Michael (931) 393-0143

 

October 18

Paris Small Business Expo

9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Henry County Fairgrounds

517 Royal Oakes Drive

Paris, TN

Contact: Paris Henry County Chamber of Commerce (731) 642-3431

 

October 19

Disability Employment Awareness Month Community Open House

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

TN Rehabilitation Center at Cleveland

3069 Overlook Drive Suite B

Cleveland, TN

Contact: Delwyn Smith (423) 478-0332

 

October 20

Disability Employment Awareness Month Recognition Day with Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Career Coach

8:30 am to 10:30 am

TN Rehabilitation Center at Cookeville

955 East 20th Street

Cookeville, TN

Contact: Amy Howell (931) 520-2508

 

October 21

Disability Employment Awareness Month Community Open House with Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development’s Career Coach

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

TN Rehabilitation Center at Winchester

135 Baxter Lane

Winchester, TN

Contact: Kim Hasty (931) 968-3481

 

October 24

Disability Employment Awareness Month Community Open House for area high school students, employers and employment partners

9:00 am to 2:30 pm; To RSVP contact Robert.Breon-Turk@tn.gov

TN Rehabilitation Center at Smyrna

460 Ninth Avenue

Smyrna, TN

Contact: Jamie Tomlin (615) 223-2704

 

October 27

Knoxville Area Employment Consortium Awareness Breakfast

With Speaker Josh Blue

7:45 am to 9:30 am

Hilton Hotel

501 West Church Ave

Knoxville, TN

Contact: Tina Jones (865) 594-6757

 

November 10 *Date has been updated*

Community Open House & Recognition

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

TN Rehabilitation Center at Dyersburg

1365 Morgan Road

Dyersburg, TN

Contact: Susan Newbill (731) 286-3922

 

MORE:      Housed within TDHS, the Division of Rehabilitation Services offers several   programs and services focused on employment success and independent living skills for people with disabilities. One of its programs, Vocational  Rehabilitation (VR), provides a variety of individualized services to persons  with disabilities in preparation for their employment in the competitive  labor market. The VR program partners with customers to reach employment outcomes that are consistent with their individual strengths,  resources, abilities, and capabilities. In the last year the VR program has                      assisted more than 2,250 Tennesseans reach their employment goals.  

Vocational rehabilitation offices across the state as well as the 17 Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers located in rural communities and the residential  comprehensive Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna provide  numerous services to clients, including vocational training, physical or occupational therapy and transitional life skills.        

For more information on the Vocational Rehabilitation program and other disability services, please visit http://www.tn.gov/humanservices/section/disability-services

For more information on National Disability Employment Awareness Month visit http://hiremystrengths.org/toolkit/ and/or https://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/ndeam/.

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CONTACT:  Devin Stone, 615-313-5786     

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