Employment opportunities for people with disabilities

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The “Employment Fair for Individuals with Disabilities” aimed to increase opportunities for people with disabilities and showcase their capabilities. The event was a joint effort by Lions Connected and the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority.

Due to the hardships that students with disabilities encounter when searching for employment, Lions Connected and the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority collaborated for a common cause.

On Feb. 21 from 1-5 p.m., the “Employment Fair for Individuals with Disabilities” was held in the Cate Teacher Education Center.

According to Dr. Gerlinde Beckers, director of Lions Connected, people with disabilities could benefit greatly from this event.

“People with disabilities should take advantage of this event because these employers are specifically looking to hire individuals with disabilities,” shared Beckers. “It also gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to have an interview experience. Coaching and support will also be provided if needed.”

Richard Kramer, executive director of the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority, explained how the event could help change the culture of the workforce by allowing people with disabilities to showcase their capabilities.

“My belief is they have a lot to offer,” said Kramer. “Sometimes they are more qualified than someone without a disability, and many employers just do not understand what they bring to the table. This event allows them to show what they are capable of.”

Janise Monetta, director of developmental disabilities for the Florida Parishes Human Services Authority, believes disabled people deserve to be exposed to the same opportunities as everyone else.

“Everyone wants to have a typical life and have a good job,” shared Monetta. “This job fair allows them to know what is out there and what is available to them.”