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USI Disability Resources partnering with local advisory board to offer free disability-related resource fair

September 15, 2022

Disability Resources at the University of Southern Indiana is partnering with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Advisory Board on Disability Services to offer a free workshop and job fair, "How Dis-ABILITY Can Build Your Workforce," for employers and prospective employees on October 12 at Old National Events Plaza, located at 715 Locust Street.  

The workshop/panel portion of the event will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the job fair will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. A luncheon, featuring international TEDx Motivational Speaker and Disability Inclusion Advisor Becky Curran Kekula, is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. There is a $30 fee to attend the luncheon. 

The workshop/panel is aimed toward employers and will provide the opportunity to ask questions related to ADA accommodations, integrating new employees into the work environment, understanding decisions which can affect the workplace and more. Local employers participating in the panel include Old National Bank; Toyota Manufacturing Indiana; the Tri-State Better Business Bureau; and Brien L. Shoemaker, Outreach and Education Coordinator at the Indianapolis District Office of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Michelle Kirk, USI Disability Resources Manager, will moderate the discussion.  

"This event is a great opportunity to learn more about employment best practices," Kirk says. "It will offer guidance in hiring individuals with disabilities, stimulate sensitive discussion and allow participants to ask questions, which may be sensitive in nature, in a judgment free zone."  

The job fair will follow the luncheon, and employers interested in participating can register until Friday, September 30 by emailing the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Human Relations Commission at No registration is required for prospective employees to attend the job fair.  

For more information or to register for the workshop/panel or luncheon, email or call 812-436-4927. 

For questions, email Kirk at 

USI Disability Resources coordinates services and academic accommodations for USI students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the University. The department reviews documentation for eligibility, collaborates with students to determine appropriate accommodations, assists with the implementation of the accommodations, offers support and guidance and advocates for access as needed.

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