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Date:October 3, 2011
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Gov. Jindal Proclaims October as Disability Employment Awareness Month
Job fairs to be held across the state

BATON ROUGE – The American Community Survey shows that Louisiana is home to 427,000 working-age people with disabilities; 295,000 of these adults are not in the workforce. Recognizing the state’s need for a strong and diverse workforce that includes the valuable contributions of citizens with disabilities, Gov. Bobby Jindal proclaimed October as Disability Employment Awareness Month in Louisiana.

Since 1945, Congress has designated October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in an effort to educate the public about disability and employment. This year’s theme is “Profit by Investing in Workers with Disabilities.” The national theme is intended to honor the contributions of workers with disabilities and serves to inform the public that these workers represent a highly skilled talent pool that can help employers compete in today's global economy.

WORK PAY$ Job Fairs will take place across the state in October to strengthen the national message and to help break down barriers to employment for Louisiana citizens with disabilities. The job fairs, which are free to both employers and job seekers, are designed to bridge the needs of the business community seeking to fill job openings with individuals with disabilities who are job-ready and looking for work.

The first job fair will be held in Baton Rouge on Oct. 4, with events to follow in Alexandria on Oct. 6, Houma on Oct. 11, New Orleans on Oct. 12, Slidell on Oct. 17, Lake Charles on Oct. 19, Lafayette on Oct. 20, Shreveport on Oct. 25 and Monroe on Oct. 27. Businesses seeking to fill hourly, entry-level and management positions are encouraged to register.

For more detailed information on the job fairs including locations, times or to register, visit

WORK PAY$ or contact Disability Program Navigator Georgette Wallace,,



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