Date:July 18, 2011
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Disability Councils to Hold Meeting in Baton Rouge
Agenda to focus on efforts to employ individuals with disabilities

BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council (LRC) and the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) will hold a two-day meeting focusing on Louisiana Rehabilitation Services (LRS) on Thursday, July 21, from 12:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, July 22, from 8:30 a.m. - noon.

The joint meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Shell Room of the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, 5550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge.

The councils will discuss suggestions and ways to improve consumer engagement, ensure the services provided by LRS meet the needs of Louisiana’s citizens with disabilities and hear success stories. The 25-member LRC and the 21-member SILC, appointed by the Governor, represent a cross section of stakeholders who meet quarterly to provide advice and guidance to LRS leadership.

LRS, an agency within the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), helps people with disabilities obtain or maintain employment through its flagship program, Vocational Rehabilitation (VR). The VR program offers individuals with disabilities services designed to provide them with skills, resources, attitudes and expectations needed to find employment and develop lifelong careers. In 2010, LRS served more than 29,000 Louisiana citizens with disabilities through the VR program.

July marks the one-year anniversary of the integration of LRS into LWC’s Office of Workforce Development. Guest speaker at the meeting will be LWC Chief of Financial Officer, Renee Ellender Roberie.

If you need additional information or have a disability and need special accommodation, such as an interpreter, please contact Kandy Baker, 225-219-2933, toll-free 1-800-737-2958 or

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