Event promotes hiring people with disabilities

The Daily Times staff
Taylor Kempton retrieves shopping carts on Nov. 3 at the Safeway on West Main Street in Farmington.

FARMINGTON — Helping people with disabilities find jobs will be the focus of a breakfast event on Tuesday.

The networking event runs from 8 to 10 a.m. at the San Juan Center for Independence, 1204 San Juan Blvd. in Farmington.

The free event is sponsored by SELL, or the Supported Employment Local Leaders program at the University of New Mexico. Officials with the Albuquerque-based Partners for Employment, The Arc of San Juan County and the Developmental Disability Support Division of the state Department of Health hope to bring employers to the event with the goal of placing more people with disabilities into jobs in the area.

Another goal of the morning event will be to launch the Farmington Business Advisory Council with the mission of showing off the skills and benefits disabled people can bring to the workplace.

Karen Georgina, independent living specialist with the San Juan Center for Independence, said local employers who come to the event will gain a deeper understanding of the largely untapped talent individuals with disabilities can offer businesses.

"We are trying to get a business advisory board together for businesses in the community," Georgina said, "so we can find out what their needs are as employers and how we can help on our end as far as skill-building, advocacy, understanding (the Americans with Disabilities Act). It's for employers to see what we're all about."

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