Job summit provides disabled workers with the tools to find jobs

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 8:00am

An employment summit today helped disabled workers learn how to find their next job.

The Work Pays Coalition brought in speakers from around the country. Some of these speakers explained which programs the state offers to help with job training and networking.

Other speakers targeted employers, telling them why hiring handicapped employees can benefit their companies.

Employment experts say networking is still a problem for disabled workers, but their job prospects are much better now than before.

"People who were at one point considered unemployable - between technology, between accommodations, between, frankly, just people believing in them - we actually have proven that a lot more people with disabilities can work in this country than we thought previously, stated speaker David Hoff.

In between talks, the guests could check out a resource center. It had information on tax credits for companies that hire disabled workers, job placement specialists, and assistive technologies, such as computer programs that read text and then talk to the user. 

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