Over 40 Students and Job Seekers Attend Disabilities Mentoring Day

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Grace Lynch, Communications Manager
Adult and Aging Division
703-324-5277, TTY 703-449-1186

October 25, 2010

News Highlights

  • Students and job seekers with disabilities participated in the county’s Disability Mentoring Day on October 20.
  • Participants learned job searching skills and job-shadowed county mentors.
  • Photos of the event
  • Video

Over 40 Fairfax County high school students and adult job seekers with disabilities participated in the county’s Disability Mentoring Day on October 20 in the Fairfax County Government Center.

Fairfax Area Disability Services Board Chairman Michele Hymer Blitz welcomed participants and invited them to attend an upcoming board meeting to express their concerns and ideas.

Department of Family Services Director Nannette Bowler encouraged participants to consider a career with the department and to take advantage of the county’s SkillSource center for job seeking assistance.

Following this were presentations on the Americans with Disabilities Act and strategies to succeed on the job. The Capital Grille of Tyson’s Corner and Washington, D.C. provided lunch and participants spent the afternoon job-shadowing their mentors.

“This event provides a great deal of support to participants,” said Jill Clark, event coordinator and planner with Disability Services Planning and Development. “We have county employees who have formed lasting relationships with their mentees and continue to support them as they pursue their careers,” she added.

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, sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities.

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 711.

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: 42010

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