The month of October marks National Disability Employment
Awareness Month. To celebrate, the Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
Workforce Center will host a specialized resource fair on Oct. 5
for citizens with disabilities, along with a variety of hiring
events throughout the month.
These activities are intended to shine a spotlight on the
employability of disabled workers, who have a much harder time
finding work than their counterparts in the American labor force.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national
unemployment rate for people with disabilities in August was 16.1
percent, compared to 8.8 percent for those without disabilities.
However, by hiring workers with disabilities, businesses gain
dedicated, productive employees who have faced adversity and
exhibit higher retention rates.
The (dis)ABILITY Resource Fair will be held 1-3:30 p.m.,
Wednesday, Oct. 5 at Arapahoe/Douglas Works! (6974 S. Lima Street,
Centennial). There is no fee or registration requirement to attend.
Representatives will be on-hand from local disability and
non-profit organizations, including Arapahoe Community College
Disability Services, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!, Arapahoe County
Volunteer Connections, Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office,
Cherry Creek Public Schools, Colorado AIDS Project, Colorado Center
for the Blind, Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation,
Denver Metro Association for Retarded Citizens, Denver Options,
Denver Veteran Affairs Medical Center, Goodwill Industries, Rocky
Mountain ADA Center and Shalom Denver. Special seminars during the
resource fair will highlight a few of these programs.
Sign language interpretation will be available. Special
accommodations are available upon request. Please contact
303-636-1160 at least three business days prior to event to request
The Arapahoe/Douglas Works! Workforce Center also will host
several hiring events in October, featuring employers with a strong
history of hiring people with disabilities. Hiring employers
include AeroTech, UPS, FedEx, ARC Thrift Stores, Goodwill
Industries and Charles Schwab. Job-seekers must register to attend
the hiring events at www.adworks.org or by calling
In addition to these special events, Arapahoe/Douglas Works!
offers a variety of year-round employment services to disabled
job-seekers. This includes use of the Resource Center with
assistive technology, customized workshops, one-on-one employment
assistance from a Disability Program Navigator, and individualized
support from a certified planner regarding Social Security
For more information on the services that Arapahoe/Douglas
Works! offers to job-seekers and businesses, please call
303-636-1160 or visit www.adworks.org.