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Date:April 2, 2014
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Disability Council to Meet in Baton Rouge Thursday and Friday

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council will hold its quarterly meeting April 3-4 in Baton Rouge and continue its work matching workers with disabilities with high-demand job opportunities.

Employers, disability advocates and the public are invited to attend the meeting to be held over two days at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 4914 Constitution Ave. in Baton Rouge. The meeting is free and open to the public.

“Demand for workers in Louisiana is at or near all-time highs in a number of industry sectors,” said Curt Eysink, executive director of the Louisiana Workforce Commission. “The Louisiana Rehabilitation Council continues to strengthen programs and services that connect workers who have disabilities with employers seeking to fill high-demand jobs.”

Thursday’s session, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., will feature a vocational rehabilitation success story, an address from Mark Martin, director of Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, and updates from representatives of the agency. Friday’s session, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., includes a presentation by Susan Killam of the LSUHSC Human Development Center, as well as the LRC’s business meeting.

The 25-member LRC, appointed by the Governor, represents a cross section of stakeholders who meet quarterly to provide advice and guidance to leadership of LRS, a department within the LWC’s Office of Workforce Development.

LRS works to help people with disabilities obtain and maintain employment through its flagship Vocational Rehabilitation. 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 2013, LRS served more than 26,978 Louisiana residents with disabilities through the VR program.

The next quarterly LRC meeting is slated for July 24-25 in Monroe.

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, pkelly1@lwc.la.gov.

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