by Ryan Hill –
Raising awareness about workforce partnerships that connect employers with people with disabilities.
The Everybody Works NC campaign was on display at this year’s North Carolina State Fair, promoting the benefits of a diverse, inclusive workforce, and raising awareness about workforce partnerships that connect employers with the untapped labor force of people with disabilities.
Everybody Works NC provides human resource professionals, executives, small business owners, and other employers with information and tools that simplify the recruitment, hiring, and retention of people with disabilities and supports the development of work-based learning opportunities for young people with disabilities.
Using the NCWorks Mobile Career Center as a backdrop, the exhibit aimed to erase the perceived risk of hiring people with disabilities by sharing information about the value they bring to the workforce.
Employees from the DHHS’ Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Services for the Blind, and Workforce Solutions engaged fairgoers in discussions about recruitment, placement, training, and retention services for businesses and job-seekers.
“Employers are increasingly open to hiring qualified people with disabilities because of tangible benefits to their bottom line,” said Claudia Horn, Senior Director of Employment Services for the DHHS. “People with disabilities are problem-solvers, with experiences and perspectives that help businesses innovate, improve customer service, and gain an edge over the competition.”
For more information about the Everybody Works NC campaign, visit nccdd.org.