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Southwest Florida Agencies to host Disability & Employment Event

  • Synopsis: Published: 2010-10-18 (Revised/Updated 2013-08-01) - Several Southwest Florida social service agencies are hosting a Disability Mentoring Day event on Tuesday October 19 2010. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc..

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Several Southwest Florida social service agencies are hosting a Disability Mentoring Day event on Tuesday, October 19, 2010. Employers and job-seekers are invited to the event.

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, part of the United States' governments' efforts to educate the American public about the contributions of employers with disabilities in the workplace. In honor of this occasion, several local agencies are contributing to a Disability Mentoring Day at the Career and Service Center in Fort Myers.

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On Tuesday, October 19, 2010, area employers are welcomed to an ADA breakfast and workshop, with a focus on incorporating persons with disabilities into the workplace. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.

That same afternoon, job seekers are invited to an afternoon event which will cover employment search skills, ADA rights, and information on the AmeriCorps volunteer program. No registration is required for the job-seekers event, which begins at 1:00 p.m.

Both events will be held at the Career and Service Center, 4150 Ford Street Extension, Fort Myers.

The Disability Mentoring Day event is presented by several agencies, including the Able Trust, Americorps, the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Career Connect, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, and Volunteer Florida. For more information, contact Tim Goodman at (239) 274-3463 or Joe Belardinelli at (239) 931-8200 ext. 11192.

Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida helps people with disabilities and other disadvantages become more independent through career training, job placement, housing, youth mentoring, and other programs. Visit for more information about Goodwill's programs and services in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties.

Goodwill operates 24 thrift stores in SW Florida to support its mission of removing barriers to independence. Programs include income-sensitive housing, career placement assistance, the L.I.F.E. Academy Charter School, Four Wheels for Work, and others.

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