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Workshop to focus on workers with disabilities
Employers invited to learn about their rights, responsibilities at Oct. 22 event
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        A workshop designed to inform employers on their rights and responsibilities regarding hiring people with disabilities will be held Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Statesboro.
        The event, sponsored by the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities, Division of Developmental Disabilities, is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Honey Bowen Building, 1 Max Lockwood Drive.
        The workshop will feature subject matter experts on supported employment who will present the best practices nationally as well as new state initiatives. It will include a community dialogue concerning advocating for services for people with disabilities in the area.
        Attendees will be able to network with other advocates in the community who care about the future of adult services of people with developmental disabilities. And participants can learn about how to connect to statewide advocacy efforts.
        The event is even more important because the U.S. Department of Labor recently announced two final rules designed to improve the hiring of veterans through the Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Act of 1974 and people with disabilities through Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
        The new Section 503 rule will now include a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7 percent of each job group in their workforce be qualified individuals with disabilities. The rule also details specific actions contractors must take in the areas of recruitment, training, record keeping and policy dissemination.
        More information on the new rules is available at
        The Statesboro workshop is one of five being held around the state. Sessions already were held in Gainesville and Dalton, and two more are scheduled: Oct. 29 in Valdosta and Nov. 7 in Augusta.
        For more information, call Rogenia Griffin at (404) 809-2901 or visit the All About Developmental Disabilities website at


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