Conference on disabilities and employment set for Wednesday


Representatives from state and private organizations will discuss ways they can help those interested in returning to work.   File photo

The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition is hosting "Make It Work for You," a disability benefits and employment workshop, Wednesday in Anderson. 

The free workshop will be held at Room 11 in the SC Works center, 512 Michelin Blvd., from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The workshop is for those who are receiving Social Security Insurance or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI or SSDI), as well as for professionals who work with those who have disabilities. The workshop covers myths about how working affects disability benefits.

Representatives from state and private organizations will discuss ways they can help those interested in returning to work or boosting their incomes. A resource fair will take place after the talks to help connect individuals with community organizations.

"We are committed to educating people about their rights and the services available to support them in meeting their employment goals," Sandy Jordan, director of employment programs with Able South Carolina, said. "Seventy percent of individuals with disabilities in South Carolina are unemployed, but we know from experience if we eliminate barriers to employment access, these individuals can achieve success and bring value to employers."

To register, call 800-681-7715, email sjordan@able-sc.org or visit http://bit.ly/Disability-Employment-Nov8.

The workshop is an effort of the SCDEC, with funding from the Administration for Community Living and the S.C. Developmental Disabilities Council.

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