Open Your Eyes: Employing Individuals with Disabilities


(Evansville, IN) – September 3, 2010 – The Advisory Board on Disability Services will host a workshop and job fair entitled “Open Your Eyes: Employing Individuals with Disabilities” on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, at The Centre, 715 Locust St. The event is aimed toward employers and job seekers in the Evansville-Vanderburgh County area.

The event will begin with a half-day workshop (from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.) which will include local experts presenting information to employers on ADA requirements, how to make the workplace accessible, and the advantages of employing individuals with disabilities.

The lunch session from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m. will feature a keynote speaker and the presentation of the 2010 Employer of Distinction Award by Evansville Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel and the Vanderburgh County Commissioners. This award recognizes employers in the public and private sectors for demonstrating a commitment to providing employment opportunities for persons with disabilities.

The day will be capped off with a job fair from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. for potential employees with a disability. The job fair will provide local HR personnel and business representatives an opportunity to solicit qualified candidates for current job openings. The Evansville Area Human Resources Association will have members available during the job fair to assist job seekers with resume writing and interviewing tips.

There is no cost to attend the workshop and job fair. There is a $15.00 fee to attend the awards luncheon. To register for the workshop and/or luncheon, please contact the Human Relations Commission at (812) 436-4927. Job seekers do not need to register for the job fair.

Sponsors for “Open Your Eyes: Employing Individuals with Disabilities” include the City of Evansville, Vanderburgh County Commissioners, Sycamore Services, University of Southern Indiana, Community Job Link, Indiana Vocational Rehabilitation, the United Way of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville Area Human Resources Association, and the Ohio Valley Center for Independent Living.

The Advisory Board on Disability Services is a newly-created Board to improve services and relations with City-County government and the disability community. The Advisory Board meets the first Friday of the month at 11:00 a.m. in room 301 in the Civic Center Complex. For more information regarding the Advisory Board on Disability Services, contact the City-County Human Relations Commission.