Fairfax County Disability Mentoring Day

Contact for News Media:
Grace Lynch, Communications Manager
Adult and Aging Division
703-324-5277, TTY 703-449-1186

October 22, 2009

News Highlights

  • Over 30 students and job seekers with disabilities participated in the county’s Disability Mentoring Day on October 21.
  • Participants learned job searching skills and job-shadowed county mentors.
  • View photos of the event.

Students and Job Seekers with Disabilities Participated in
Fairfax County Disability Mentoring Day

Over 30 Fairfax County high school students and adult job seekers with disabilities participated in a county program that orients job seekers to careers in government and teaches job-searching skills. The program took place at the county’s Government Center in Fairfax yesterday.

Fairfax County Supervisor Penny Gross, Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Chairman Michele Hymer Blitz and Fairfax County Director of Human Resources Sue Woodruff welcomed participants. Following this were three presentations: Employment with Fairfax County; How to Write Effective Cover Letters and Resumes; and How to be a Successful Employee.

County staff presented a humorous skit called: “What Not to Do - During an Interview, Evaluation and Request for ADA Accommodations.” Matt Barkley, director of the Department of Family Services’ Disabilities Services Planning and Development program, encouraged participants to find out more about the Americans with Disabilities Act and other issues at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dsb.

Echoing previous speakers, Barkley said, “The job market is difficult so Fairfax County’s participation in Disability Mentoring Day is especially important this year,” adding, “people with disabilities are excellent candidates for a variety of job opportunities.”

Participants lunched with their county job mentors and “shadowed” them throughout the afternoon. Mentors were selected to best match the career goals and interests of the participants.

The program is sponsored by the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and the Department of Family Services’ Disability Services Planning and Development program.

Disability Mentoring Day is a national program held annually on the third Wednesday of October. Sponsored nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities, the program began in 1999 to bring greater awareness and national attention to employment opportunities for people with disabilities. This year, over 20,000 students and jobseekers with disabilities across the country, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and in 24 countries are participating.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call Department of Family Services' Disability Services Planning and Development at 703-324-5411, TTY 703-449-1186.

Department of Family Services
Division of Adult and Aging Services/disability Services
Planning and Development
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 708
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1104

NR: 182009

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