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Dear Editor:

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. At the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training in Mechanicsburg, which is part of The Arc of Cumberland & Perry Counties (CPARC), I work with five employment specialists serving approximately 50 individuals with disabilities. The individuals we work with live and work in our community.

Of these 50 individuals on our caseload, most of them hold jobs in the community. They are earning at least minimum wage, paying taxes, and giving back to the community. Moreover, they feel fulfilled, successful, and a like vital part of the business they work for. Within the last year, approximately 14 of our clients were hired in competitive positions, but six individuals are still in need of employment.

I would encourage business owners in our area to consider hiring our individuals when the opportunities arise. Our placement department works with employers to make job matches to meet the needs of employers. Employment Specialists assist with on-site training and follow up services to ensure the satisfaction of the employers. These services come at no cost to the employers.

We also provide a service called Community Based Work Assessment (CBWA), where potential job seekers may try out a job for a few hours. The Employment Specialist observes and records data according to the individuals’ performance. The CBWA gives the employer a chance to observe a client themselves to see if he or she could potentially be successful in a position now or in the future.

If any employer in our area has an interest in working with our employment specialists to fill a business need by hiring one of our individuals, or would allow CBWA participation, please feel free to contact the S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training.

Ginny Pentz

Mechanicsburg

S. Wilson Pollock Center for Industrial Training

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