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UNCG co-sponsors inclusive workforce conference on hiring people with disabilities

Posted on Friday, October 19th, 2012 by UNCG Research.

Redacted from an article by Betsi Robinson, University Relations

UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development is partnering with the North Carolina Business Leadership Network (NCBLN) for a statewide conference Nov. 7 that will focus on helping businesses find, hire and retain people with disabilities.

The conference will feature businesses that have successfully hired employees with disabilities who are trained and ready to work, and that have the accommodations and other services to support such workers.

“A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce” is the third annual conference sponsored by NCBLN, a relatively new statewide business-to-business network. The event, which begins at 9:30 a.m. in Greensboro, will feature two distinguished keynote speakers and a series of panels and roundtable discussions.

Dr. Steve Roberson, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at UNCG, will kick off the conference at the Sheraton Four Seasons with a keynote address on “Recruiting, Accommodating, Educating & Finding Employment for College Graduates with Disabilities.”

Beyond Academics student Demario Chandler pauses for a moment during a basketball practice in the Greensboro Coliseum. Demario came to UNCG in 2007 when Beyond Academics launched. Click to read his story.

Roberson will highlight UNCG’s Beyond Academics program, which helps ensure that all students, including those with learning differences, have the experiences, mentoring, support and advocacy to identify and succeed in careers. Beyond Academics is the first and only four-year, post-secondary transition certificate program for students with intellectual disabilities in the state.Their four years at UNCG are designed to prepare them for careers, independent living, and community involvement and networking.

There is no cost to attend for business representatives and lunch will be served. Please RSVP to ncbln1@aol.com.

UNCG’s Office of Research and Economic Development fosters excellence and continued growth in the areas of research, economic development, creative activity and community engagement.

NCBLN is a nonprofit group whose mission is to support the North Carolina business community with information and resources to source, hire, and promote people with disabilities; to do business with organizations owned and operated by people with disabilities; and to market their products and services in an accessible manner to people with disabilities. Complete information about the organization, and its events and programs, can be found on the web at www.ncbln.org.