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DHS marks Disability Employment Awareness Month with special announcement

Monday, September 30, 2013 | 09:20am

Vocational Rehab maintains momentum by growing pool for employment services

NASHVILLE – With October being Disability Employment Awareness Month, which highlights the talents and abilities of Tennessee citizens with disabilities, the Department of Human Services (DHS) has a special announcement about an update to the client pool for services it provides to people with disabilities, and is publicizing events for the month. 

Since 2001, Tennessee has operated under a four-category Order of Selection that requires the State to serve first, through Priority Category 1, those who are deemed the most significantly disabled and who require the most services for the longest duration. DHS has continued to serve Priority Category 1. Priority Category 2 was opened last year. In celebration of Disability Awareness Month, DHS will begin serving those on the waiting list for Priority Category 3, starting October 1, 2013.

“A key focus for this administration has been developing a strategy to provide services to Tennesseans living with disabilities who are interested in moving into high-quality jobs in an effort to move toward greater self-sufficiency,” Commissioner Dr. Raquel Hatter said. “We do this in a manner that ensures effective fiscal stewardship while also helping Tennessee individuals and their families move forward.”

People who had been on the waiting list for Priority Category 3 will receive a letter from their VR Counselors about the change in their status.

“Because We Are EQUAL to the Task” is the theme of the 2013 National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Vocational rehabilitation offices across the state, as well as the 17 Tennessee Rehabilitation Centers in rural communities and the residential comprehensive Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Smyrna provide numerous services to clients – including vocational training, physical or occupational therapy and transitional life skills. For more information on the TRCs across Tennessee, please visit http://www.state.tn.us
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DHS staff members are working with businesses and agencies across Tennessee on activities recognizing Disability Employment Awareness Month. Here is a partial list of scheduled events:

 

October 1      

 

10 a.m.

TN Career Coach from TN Department of Labor and Workforce Development to conduct

JOBS4TN workshop

TN Rehabilitation Center at Greeneville

241 Baileyton Road Greeneville, TN

Contact: Michele Keffer, (423) 639-5148 

 

October 8

 

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Area Recognition Awards Luncheon by Chattanooga Area Employment Consortium

Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center

One Carter Plaza

Chattanooga, TN

Contact: Lana Bazemore at (423)634-6706  

 

1 p.m. to 7p.m.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Community Open House and Transition School to Work Program

TN Rehabilitation Center at Clarksville

1575 Corporate Parkway Boulevard

Clarksville, TN

Contact: Virginia Talley (931) 648-5560

 

October 15    

 

9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Chamber of Commerce Disabilities Awareness Month Coffee

TN Rehabilitation Center at Shelbyville

1618 Railroad Avenue

Shelbyville, TN

Contact: Teresa A. Lawson (931) 685-5017 

 

October 16    

 

Disability Mentoring Day (statewide, all day)

Contact: Trish Farmer (615) 313-4907

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Community Open House and Mayoral

Proclamations

TN Rehabilitation Center at Cleveland

3069 Overlook Dr.; Suite B

Cleveland, TN

Contact: Delwyn Smith (423) 478-0332

 

October 17    

 

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Abilities Expo

TN Rehabilitation Center at Smyrna

460 Ninth Avenue

Smyrna, TN

Contact: Nancy Patterson (615) 459-6811, ext. 204

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Paychecks for Patriots Job Fair hosted by TN Department of Labor & Workforce

Development

Appalachian Federal Credit Union

5034 Bobby Hicks Hwy, Suite 2

Gray, TN

Contact: Teresa Smith, (423) 434-6950

 

5:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities Recognition Awards

Nashville Farmers’ Market

900 Rosa Parks Boulevard

Nashville, TN

Contact: Bridget Galvin, (615) 862-6034       

 

October 18    

 

10 a.m. to 2p.m.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Community Open House

TN Rehabilitation Center at Murfreesboro

1132 Haley Road

Murfreesboro, TN

Contact: Pam Furlong, (615) 898-8088         

 

October 21    

 

7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tennessee Works Employment Summit &Statewide Community Conversation

Registration: https://kc.vanderbilt.edu/site/newsandevents/calendar/register.aspx?id=4103

Vanderbilt Student Life Center

310 25th Avenue South, Vanderbilt University

Nashville, TN

Contact: Sarah Harvey, (615) 322-4999

 

October 22    

 

11:30 a.m.

Area Recognition Awards Luncheon and TN Career Coach from TN Department of Labor

and Workforce Development will be on site.

TN Rehabilitation Center of Dyersburg

1365 Morgan Road

Dyersburg, TN

Contact: Ronda Baker, (731) 286-8315

 

October 23    

 

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Ability Focus Job & Resource Fair

TN Rehabilitation Center at Clarksville

1575 Corporate Parkway

Clarksville, TN

Contact: Virginia Talley, (931) 648-5560

 

October 29              

 

8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Northeast TN Diversity in Employment Employee Consortium will host the Regional Workforce                                     Employer Outreach Committee Awareness Month Disability Forum

New York Times best-selling author & 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson will discuss his escape from the 78th Floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center.

Toy F. Reid Employee Center Eastman Chemical Company

400 South Wilcox Drive

Kingsport, TN

Contact: Teresa Smith, (423) 434-6613

 

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Northeast TN Diversity in Employment Consortium will host the Regional Workforce Employer Outreach Committee Awareness Month Disability Forum

New York Times best-selling author & 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson will discuss his escape from the 78th Floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center.

Walters State Community College Lyceum

500 Davy Crockett Parkway

Morristown, TN

Contact: Adina Chumley, (865) 594-0139  

 

October 30

 

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Knoxville Area Employment Consortium will host the Regional Workforce Employer Outreach Committee Employment Awareness Month and Disability Mentoring Day Breakfast Recognition New York Times best-selling author & 9/11 survivor Michael Hingson will discuss his escape from the 78th Floor of Tower One of the World Trade Center                                     

Contact: Tina Jones, (865) 594-6060, ext. 1105

Crowne Plaza Hotel, 401 West Summit Hill, Knoxville, TN

 

October 31

 

10 a.m. to noon

Disability Employment Awareness Day

TN Rehabilitation Center at Maryville

1749 Triangle Park Drive

Maryville, TN

Contact: Deborah Quillen (865) 981-2382

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