Friday, November 18th, 2011
The ’s Atlantic regional office recently had the opportunity to attend a career fair at , an institution dedicated to providing practical and intensive job skill training for the career success of their students. The was one of eighteen other businesses and organizations that exhibited at the event. However, the ’s presence was somewhat unique. While most other exhibitors were there to recruit potential employees, the was there to provide information and offer our services to individuals with disabilities.
This was a large event and close to 200 people, both students and college staff, visited the booth. Of those, only two had heard about the before. What a feat! In only one day, almost 200 additional people learned about the , our mandate, and our services. Even more exciting is that this is a number that will continue to grow as these people share the information they received with their family, friends, and other members of the community.
Students devoured the information provided by Heather Hughes, the administrative assistant at our Atlantic Regional office in , as she worked the booth at the career fair. In total, Heather handed out more than 80 brochures for all program areas— , , , and . Better still, she saw students’ faces light up when they realized that there are actually people and organizations dedicated to helping people with disabilities live independent lives and become active members of the workplace and society. Many were so inspired that even though the was not actively recruiting potential employees, they still wanted to become involved with the in some way. Many left their resumes, and some even offered to volunteer or do their field placement with our organization.