We are so proud to have been part of Connect|Ability Week, a career shadowing experience for students with disabilities sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, LADD, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Hamilton Co. DDS and Butler Co. Board of DD, the program promoted employment of people with disabilities. Our Susan Brownknight is chairing the Chamber’s Advisory Committee of its national pilot program to further disability inclusion in small businesses and this was part of that. Students with disabilities were matched with local employers to explore careers, receive career advice, and learn more about the employability skills needed for future jobs. Thank you to everyone who participated and made this a successful week of learning for both potential future employees and employers.
A student at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College studying software technology engineering, Seth Leonard spent an afternoon at the corporate headquarters of Kroger. (He is pictured on the right, sitting next to Kroger employee Charles Sanders.) “I like the fun and professional atmosphere at Kroger,” Seth told us.
LADD’s Jenny Crowe spent an afternoon at School Outfitters, which offers quality, fairly priced products to help educators create a comfortable learning environment. Kristin Guerrini, School Outfitters human resources generalist (pictured with Jenny), told us, “We work with Ohioans with Disabilities as a company partnership and a recruiting resource to hire qualified candidates with Disabilities. We were asked to help pilot ConnectAbility. ConnectAbility is a career shadowing experience for students with disabilities. Sponsored by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, LADD, University of Cincinnati, Miami University, Hamilton Co. DDS and Butler Co. Board of DD, the program is designed to promote employment of people with disabilities. We were excited and welcomed the opportunity to be involved. As an employer, we wanted to provide this great experience to students and also wanted to learn how we could improve our various jobs for people with disabilities. “