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Celebrating Champions of Disability Employment

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Nine DRS offices around the Commonwealth celebrated National Disability Employment Awareness Month, held each October. This year's theme, "Inclusion Drives Innovation," was reflected in keynote speeches and remarks by nearly 50 businesses, partners and employees who were honored.

Watch news coverage of Lynchburg event.

DRS employees receive leadership awards

photo of Leadership awards for Smith & Nelson

The State Rehabilitation Council honored two DRS employees with Employee Leadership Awards. Stephanie Nelson (left), employment services specialist in the Farmville office, and LaPearl Smith, business development manager for the Northern district, were recognized for their performance and their efforts to find employment for individuals with disabilities, cultivating teamwork and inspiring others.

Career Pathways for Individuals with Disabilities

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CPID sponsors job skills academies around Virginia on topics such as robotics and CNC machining to create a pipeline of qualified, credentialed candidates for high-demand manufacturing jobs.

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Around 150 Virginia high school students with developmental and intellectual disabilities participated in internships during the 2016-17 school year to gain useful skills and work experience as part of the Project SEARCH program.

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Lynchburg businesses embrace skills of individuals with disabilities

Read the news article from News & Advance

We are helping to find jobs that might require certification or credentials they can build on over the years and have a sustainable wage.

Kathy Hayfield, Director, Division of Rehabilitative Services, DARS

Petersburg Division of Rehabilitative Services celebrates office expansion

Read the news article from Progress-Index

We have a whole lot more office space. We’re able to do more teleconferencing, and our partners can use the space as well.

Beth Groff, Business Development Manager, Petersburg DARS office

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