During the month of October, Workforce Solutions Borderplex (WSB) and its partners at the Texas Workforce Commission and the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will promote employment opportunities for Texans who possess significant knowledge and skills and also have a disability. The Texas HireAbility campaign recently launched in conjunction with National Disability Employment Awareness Month to raise awareness of the benefits of hiring people with disabilities.
As part of the statewide and national effort, WSB would like to remind employers and job seekers in the counties of Brewster, Culberson, El Paso, Hudspeth, Jeff Davis and Presidio that there are resources dedicated and available to people with disabilities.
WSB has an unprecedented ten years of experience instituting programs, developed with oversight from the only formal Disability Advocacy Subcommittee among the 28 regional workforce boards in Texas, that provide equality of opportunity. This includes nondiscrimination, individualization, and inclusion/integration activities. In 2015, this strategy helped WSB place 1127 persons self-identified with a disability in employment, including 483 veterans and 54 youth.
This week, WSB will host the Ability Hiring Fair on Wednesday, October 12th from 9:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 8825 N. Loop, Suite 122. The event will offer the following workshops: Hiring & Retaining Individuals with Disabilities; Interview Accommodations; Practice Interviews Specifically for Individuals with Disabilities; and Benefits to Businesses that Employ Individuals with Disabilities. Job seekers can call (915) 887-2600 for more information and businesses interested in participating should contact the WSB business service unit at (915) 887-2332.
WSB leads by example by contracting with Ready One Industries. Ready One employs individuals with significant disabilities and delivers high quality call center and document management services to WSB. Most notably, WSB after-hours call center includes three highly capable individuals with disabilities. Goodwill Industries of El Paso is a recent addition to the WSB service network. Goodwill was sub -contracted due to their 62 years of expertise in training and employing individuals with significant barriers to employment. Goodwill continues to have a presence in WSB resource centers and institute WSB/Goodwill’s Job Link Centers to further extend access to universal services.
“The benefits to partners involved and the disability and employer communities are critical in breaking down barriers and eliminating disability myths,” said Joyce Wilson, CEO of Workforce Solutions Borderplex.
The Breaking Barriers summer youth with disabilities program works in collaboration with key organizations that serve the disabled. In El Paso, the Volar Center for Independent Living and the Texas Vocational Rehabilitative Services Agency (VRS), and Workforce Solutions Borderplex worked to collaborate for ten years on the unique partnership which leverages resources and provides a seamless project model. During its lifetime, Breaking Barriers has served more than 350 youth and 150 employers. This year’s Breaking Barriers Summer Employment Ceremony will take place at Region 19 located on 6611 Boeing Drive on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Registration starts at 5:30p.m. The media is invited to cover this event.
Employers are encouraged to find more information about hiring jobseekers with disabilities at TxHireAbility.texasworkforce.org.