Putnam County Highlights Disability Mentoring Day

Expect. Empower. Employ.

Putnam County Highlights Disability Mentoring Day

More than two dozen County departments will welcome individuals with disabilities as they take part in Putnam County Disability Mentoring Day on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. Coordinated for the third year by Tina Cornish-Lauria, Executive Director of CAREERS for People with Disabilities, the annual event is much-anticipated by County staff and clients from participating agencies.

County Executive MaryEllen Odell invites the media to meet with participants at Cornerstone Park at 1 p.m.

“Disability Mentoring Day allows students and jobseekers with a disability to spend part of their day visiting a government agency to not only target career skills for improvement but to also explore possible career paths,” said Odell. October is National Disability Employment Awareness month, with organizations around the country hosting events on October 15th with the national theme, “Expect. Empower. Employ.”

The goals of Disability Mentoring Day are fourfold:

  • To enhance internship and employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • To dispel employers’ fears about hiring people with disabilities
  • To promote disability as a central component of diversity recruitment for a more inclusive workforce and,
  • To increase confidence among students and job seekers with disabilities.

County agencies participating in the program include the Office of Emergency Management (IT Dept.), Consumer Affairs, County Clerk, County Executive, Health, Finance, Highways, Industrial Development, Law, Personnel, Purchasing, Sheriff, Tourism, and Youth Bureau.

Participants include individuals from CAREERS for People with Disabilities, Carmel High School and PARC.  To participate, please call Tina Cornish-Lauria at CAREERS, (845) 225-8007.