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  • Workforce Investment Board invites businesses to learn more about hiring people with disabilities

    Apr 15, 2022 | Read More News
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    disabilitiesThe Pima County Workforce Investment Board will host a training program for employers that focuses on changing perceptions about job-seekers’ abilities.

    Many organizations would like to employ people with disabilities, but find that fears, biases and myths create barriers in the hiring process. The Windmills program focuses on attitudes and human factors that may adversely affect the hiring of people with disabilities while also addressing concerns, including legal requirements and accommodations.

    Registration is required to attend the event, which will be presented virtually in two parts. The dates and times for the workshops are:

    Part 1: Tuesday, April 19, 10 a.m. to noon.

    Part 2: Thursday, April 28, 10 a.m. to noon.

    To register, go to https://forms.gle/n5z5AerRGDGKjeb76

    A Zoom link will be provided upon registration.

    The workshops will be led by Mary Boegemann, the Southern Arizona program manager with the Arizona Rehabilitation Services Administration and a member of the Workforce Investment Board.

    "Windmills is a valuable training tool for any company implementing a diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging program," Boegemann said. "According to the CDC, 1 in 4 Americans have a disability. Therefore, it is important to learn how to focus on an individual's ability instead of their disability to include them into the workforce.
     Mary Boegemann

    "Since businesses are struggling with meeting their companies' staffing needs, the Windmills training will assist employers in learning about accommodations and how to use the support of the State of Arizona Vocational Rehabilitation program to ensure hiring a person with a disability results in a win-win situation."

    Boegemann was born with a disability and was previously a client of the Vocational Rehabilitation program. 

    "The Vocational Rehabilitation program has successfully trained and placed individuals with disabilities in various positions throughout the state, including teachers, welders, nurses, medical assistants and engineers, as well as positions at call centers, restaurants and hotels," Boegemann said.

    The workshops are free and open to any businesses who want to learn more about hiring people with disabilities.

    The Pima County Workforce Investment Board provides recommendations on local workforce policy and oversight of the Local Workforce Development System. This system connects eligible adults, dislocated workers and youths to local growth, high-demand industry occupations. 

    WIB members are appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to represent business, workforce, community-based organizations and mandated partners under the federal Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act.