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2013 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities

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Mary Cormier of Lafayette is gathering information for a loved one she says has a disability. "I'm a job fair myself. I'm a job fair mom. I do the job with her, because I taught her everything she knows before she went to LARC and all the center's she's gone to," explains Cormier.

Freddie Laperouse is the District Supervisor for Louisiana Rehabilitation Services located in Lafayette. Laperouse says the job fair Wednesday at the Heymann Performing Arts Center is dedicated mainly to people with disabilities. 

"We have people there that can help them meet the employers they're interested in talking to. It's a slower pace than maybe some of the other job fairs that may be out there and less intimidating. We try to fill in the blanks and advocate for them," says Laperouse.

Employment Development Specialist Randy Broussard explains that interpreters will be on hand for the hearing impaired; and CCTV monitors for the visually impaired. Broussard wants to make it clear that most people with a disability are willing and able to work.

"Studies show that absentee rates are lower for people with disabilities and retention rates are high as well," adds Broussard. Last year, out of the 288 jobseekers 44 were interviewed and 29 gained employment.

The 2013 Job Fair for Persons with Disabilities is Wednesday, October 2nd at 9 a.m. to noon; Heymann Performing Arts Center.

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