Event aims to connect people with disabilities to local businesses
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Livonia Public Schools is teaming up with regional partners for a Community Conversation event that focuses on ways to create new employment opportunities for adults with disabilities.

The event is set for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at the Embassy Suites Livonia, located at 19525 Victor Parkway, off Seven Mile, just east of I-275.

Local business owners, community leaders, education professionals, parents and advocates are invited to attend this round table meeting and offer input on ways to support and grow this segment of the workforce.

“The employment rate for adults with disabilities is extremely low,” said Beth Santer, Coordinator of Student Services for Livonia Public Schools. “In LPS, we are trying to change that, one step at a time.”

Livonia Public Schools offers adults ages 18-26 with workforce and life skills training and employment opportunities through programs at the Western Wayne Skill Center, the Livonia Transition Program and through a special program called Project SEARCH, a partnership between LPS and Embassy Suites Livonia.

“We already support post-high school programs and help secure employment for our students with disabilities, but events like this are critical in building and maintaining relationships between schools, businesses, agencies and parents,” said Santer.

The event will assist in making those connections and in sparking the interest of local businesses that may wish to add adults with disabilities to their workforce. Santer notes that businesses gain tax advantages and they gain unique strengths that can increase productivity.

“We look forward to a great evening of sharing and making those connections for adults with disabilities and for businesses that may be open to hiring these wonderful members of our community,” added Santer.

The event is free and will include appetizers and a cash bar that may be enjoyed throughout the event. RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, March 20 by emailing Eileen Brandt at eileenbrandt@live.com or by calling (734) 578-6186.

The event is sponsored by Embassy Suites, Livonia Public Schools, WRACE (Wayne Regional Autism Collaborative for Excellence), START (Statewide Autism Resources and Training) and Wayne RESA (Wayne County Regional Educational Services Agency).