Tennessee Employers Invited To Disability Forum


Nashville, TN - In honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, The Northeast Tennessee Diversity in Employment Consortium will present a Regional Workforce Employer Outreach Committee Meeting (WEOC) on Thursday, October 23rd.  The meeting will be held at Eastman Chemical Company's Toy F. Reid Employee Center, 400 South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. 

The forum is designed for all employers from northeast Tennessee and will highlight the benefits of hiring individuals with disabilities and assist them in meeting their workforce needs.  The Keynote Speaker will be Survivor's Big Tom Buchanan who will discuss reading literacy and a program he created for elementary school children titled �Reading is the Key to Survival.� The agenda also includes an ADA Presentation by Kelly Campbell with Wimberly, Lawson, Seale, Wright & Daves.  And there will be an employer panel highlighting best practices from Spherion, SunTrust, Walgreens and Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc.

This event is being hosted in conjunction with the Northeast Tennessee Diversity in Employment Consortium, The Northeast Tennessee Workforce Investment Board, and Walters State Community College Center for Workforce Development. 

The Consortium focuses its efforts on increasing employment for job seekers with disabilities.  It is comprised of the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Alliance for Business & Training, TN Career Center System, TN Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services, and DRS Corporate Connections/University of Tennessee Center on Disability and Employment. 

Anyone interested in attending must RSVP to Teresa Smith, DRS Corporate Connections at (423) 434-6613, teresas@utk.edu or C-Ann Harris Chapman at (423) 534-1760, C.Ann.Chapman@state.tn.us by October 13, 2008.

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