Date:January 19, 2012
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Disability Council to Hold First Meeting of 2012
Agenda to focus on strategic plans

The public is invited to a two-day meeting hosted by the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council Thursday, Jan. 26, and Friday, Jan. 27, to explore strategies that help individuals with disabilities find work.

The council will discuss ways to improve consumer engagement and to ensure services provided by Louisiana Rehabilitation Services continue to meet the needs of citizens with disabilities. The 25-member LRC, appointed by the Governor, represents a cross section of stakeholders who meet quarterly to provide advice and guidance to LRS leadership.

LRS, an agency within the Louisiana Workforce Commission, helps people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment through its flagship program, Vocational Rehabilitation. 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 2011, LRS served nearly 29,000 Louisiana citizens with disabilities through the VR program.

The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Reilly Room of the Louisiana Resource Center for Educators, 5550 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge. Thursday’s session will be 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Friday’s will be 8:30 a.m. to noon.

On Friday, the LWC Deputy Executive Director Carey Foy, will serve as facilitator for the strategic planning portion of the meeting.

If you need additional information or have a disability and need special accommodations, such as an interpreter, please contact, Paige Kelly by email, at 225-219-2947 or toll-free 1-800-737-2958.

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