‘Overcoming Barriers to Employment Summit’ Sept. 6

Jelica Nuccio, the first deaf-blind director of the Seattle Deaf-Blind Service Center, (right) gives the keynote address at the 2012 Barriers Summit.

Jelica Nuccio, the first deaf-blind director of the Seattle Deaf-Blind Service Center, (right) gives the keynote address at the 2012 Barriers Summit.

The term “people with disabilities” is a very broad, but many have at least one thing in common: It’s hard to get employers to see abilities instead of disability.

To help change that perception, and for the third year in a row, Shoreline Community College is hosting the free “Overcoming barriers to Employment Summit,” Friday, Sept. 6.

The event will run open with registration at 8:30 a.m. and kickoff at 9 a.m. with keynote speaker John Evans, employer relations manager for the state Department of Social and Health Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. Evans has received and provided vocational rehabilitation services for the past 28 years. He is a graduate of the Washington State School for the Deaf, a reasonable-accommodation specialist, an employee development trainer and has with extensive experience working in employer relations.

Running through 2:30 p.m., the rest of the day will include workshops, meals and an opportunity to connect with community resources. Workshops include:

  • Job Search on the Internet
  • Successful Interview Preparation
  • Accommodations in the Workplace
  • Volunteering as a Pre-employment Strategy
  • How DVR Can Help with Finding a Job
  • Is College Right for Me?
  • Navigating WorkSource
  • Supported Employment
  • Community Resources Fair

The summit is designed to assist job seekers with disabilities navigate the road to employment. Employment experts will share tips for overcoming barriers to employment. The event is a community partnership between Northshore Shoreline Community Network, The state Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Shoreline Public Schools and Shoreline Community College.

Summit details

  • Time/Date – 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sept. 6.
  • Place – Shoreline Community College PUB
  • Cost – Free
  • Register: http://barriers.bpt.me

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