Event to encourage employing people with disabilities

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To celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Allentown Office of Vocational Rehabilitation will be hosting a luncheon on Thursday.

The office provides vocational rehabilitation counselors who partner with people with disabilities to hone their abilities, acquire meaningful work-related skills and gain employment.

The event, "Equal to the Task," will bring together business representatives in the region to discuss the many pre-screened and qualified candidates who are looking for jobs in a wide variety of employment categories from entry to professional level.

"We have individuals with all levels of ability from a billing clerk to a web designer, human resources professionals, welders, CDL drivers, an attorney," said spokesman Rick Walters.

He said he expects representatives to be on hand from companies representing a number of fields from manufacturing to health care.

The Allentown office is one of 22 Office of Vocational Rehabilitation offices in the state that will be participating in events this month.

The Allentown event will be held at the Banana Factory in Bethlehem from noon to 1:30 p.m.

The luncheon will include a first look at the recently created Allentown District Office list of qualified work-ready candidates and a panel discussion with three businesses that have successfully hired people with disabilities.

Registration is required. Call 610-821-6441 ext. 3103 for more information.

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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