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National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness (NDEA) Month. The theme for this year's NDEA Month is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am. ” Studies show that people with disabilities are vastly underutilized in our nation’s workforce, even though employers often say they have a difficult time finding qualified workers. People with disabilities have the education, training, experience and desire to be successful in the workplace.
People with disabilities have many talents and abilities to offer, and employers throughout our area are finding well-prepared, qualified workers through the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD). The department works to prepare and assist people with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment.

Last year, more than 6,700 South Carolinians with disabilities became employed after receiving SCVRD services; our state consistently ranks among the highest the nation in the number of people rehabilitated in relation to population. The department also partners with businesses and industries that outsource work to the Vocational Rehabilitation training center. This provides excellent job training for people with disabilities and a high-quality, cost-effective service for businesses.

We invite you help us tell this success story and to help inform people with disabilities and businesses in our area about the great benefits of the Vocational Rehabilitation program. It is a story that not only provides a terrific human interest element, but is also of great interest to the business community, which can benefit by utilizing SCVRD training centers for outsource work.

Here’s how we can help you recognize NDEA Month. We can provide:
• Interviews with successfully employed people with disabilities in our area, who work in a variety of professions ranging from the service industry to professional and technical fields. They have compelling stories to tell.
• Interviews with business and industry representatives in our area who are proponents of the vocational rehabilitation program because they have hired our clients or have benefited from contracting with our work training center.
• Tours of our facilities that will give you a first-hand look at the programs offered to help people with disabilities become employed and reduce or eliminate their reliance on government benefits. Our program pays for itself when clients become employed —they repay the cost of services through taxes.
Please contact (Anna Connelly or Dan Alexander) at (864-882-6669) for help in developing a story that will interest your audience and recognize the achievements of people with disabilities in our area.

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