FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                        Date: May 9, 2002

   Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

UIS conference examines employment options for people with disabilities

SPRINGFIELD -- “Above the Challenge: Employment Options for Persons with Disabilities,” is the topic of a daylong conference scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, in the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The conference is a joint effort of UIS’ offices of Career Services and Disability Services.

With topics focusing on transitional planning, career insights and preparation, and legal aspects of employment, the program is intended to encourage dialog about the services available to students, care providers, parents, educators, counselors, and employers and to enhance service delivery.

The keynote speaker will be Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA and Accessible Information Technology Center and an instructor in the Department of Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Founded in 1991, the Great Lakes Center is one of 10 facilities established nationally by the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation and Research, to provide technical assistance relating to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jones has been director of the center since its inception. She was previously the founding director of an independent living center in the Chicago area and has extensive experience as a trainer in all titles of the ADA for business, government, and disability organizations.

UIS is a licensed provider of continuing education credit for professional and clinical counselors, marriage and family therapists, and social workers (L.C.S.W. and L.S.W.) and is also a permanent licensed provider of continuing education credit by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Six hours of continuing education credit can be earned through this conference.

Advance registration is required. Cost is $35 ($40 after May 15), or $15 for students. Scholarships are available for UIS students. Requests for special assistance such as Braille, interpreters, enlarged texts, or other alternative formats can be made by calling (217) 206-6666.

Funding for this conference was made available by UIS’ Speakers Series Committee, Office of Student Life, and Diversity Task Force.

For more information or to register, contact Karen Engebrecht, director of career services at UIS, at (217) 206-6508.