Date:January 4, 2013
Contact:Media Relations @ (225) 342-3035

Disability Council to hold first meeting of 2013
Agenda to focus on training, public forum and vocational rehabilitation success

Employers, disability advocates and the public are invited to attend the Louisiana Rehabilitation Council meeting Jan. 24-25. The meeting, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Louisiana, 3400 Tulane Ave., New Orleans.

The Thursday session will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature a three-hour training by Region VI Technical Assistance and Continuing Education Center officials. They will provide LRC members with guidance on their role in determining the needs of citizens with disabilities, in partnership with the stateís rehabilitation program. Fridayís session, 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., includes a vocational rehabilitation success story, a public forum and updates from various agency representatives.

The 25-member LRC, appointed by the Governor, represents a cross section of stakeholders who meet quarterly to provide advice and guidance to Louisiana Rehabilitation Services leadership. LRS, a department within the Louisiana Workforce Commissionís Office of Workforce Development, works to help people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment through its flagship Vocational Rehabilitation program.

The VR program offers individuals with disabilities services designed to provide them with the skills, resources, and expectations needed to find employment and develop lifelong careers. In 2012, LRS served more than 28,000 Louisiana citizens with disabilities through the VR program.

The next LRC meeting is slated for April 4-5, 2013, and will be held in either the Covington or North Shore area.

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

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