Enable America Partners with Raleigh-Triangle Employers to Increase Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Raleigh, NC, September 25, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Enable America, a non-profit organization devoted to improving employment for people with disabilities, wounded warriors and disabled veterans, has announced a full schedule of Job Seekers Workshops and Career Mentoring Days for October and November. With the unemployment rate for persons with disabilities remaining extremely high, these events provide important opportunities to connect with Triangle employers for job search advice and career exploration.

“Since our successful 2009 North Carolina launch with founding partner Progress Energy, we have continued to expand employment and mentoring programs and add new corporate partners as word of our commitment and abilities spread,” said Richard Salem, founder and CEO of Enable America. “The opportunity to go to work, even for a single day, opens opportunities that are often elusive to those who have difficulty finding employment.”

Triangle companies participating in Enable America 2011 Career Mentoring Days include: Progress Energy, BCBSNC, Rex Healthcare, SAS, Carolina Hurricanes, WRAL, WakeMed, IBM, Hill-Rom, Lenovo and Eaton Corporation. A complete list of places and dates, as well as registration forms, can be found at the Enable America website, EnableAmerica.org.

In addition, employers dedicated to diversity and inclusion are partnering with Enable America to hold two Job Seekers Workshops.

October 4: BCBSNC will host the Enable America Job Seekers Workshop for Persons with Disabilities at their Durham campus. Volunteer Human Resource professionals from BCBSNC, Lenovo, Hill-Rom, Rex Healthcare, and IBM will serve as panelists and deliver workshop content, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to accelerate their job search with information directly from employers.

November 1: SAS will host the Enable America Job Seekers Workshop for Wounded Warriors and Disabled Veterans. HR professionals serving on the November workshop panel represent SAS, Progress Energy, Eaton Corporation, and Hill-Rom.

Enable America works with social and veteran service organizations including the DHHS Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Services, Workforce Development Board, Community Workforce Solutions, Veterans Administration, and diversity managers at local colleges and universities to introduce and offer mentoring opportunities to persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities who are interested in participating in October and November programs may also contact Enable America by phone at 919-345-9933 or register online at the organization’s web site, Enable America.org.

In addition to employee mentoring, Enable America offers other services throughout North Carolina, all designed to improve job opportunities. Those include community connection forums, in which local leaders, lawmakers, employers and service providers come together to learn and share success stories. These meetings are an important step in building a bridge between those with disabilities, and their community.

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