The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) will host a Career/Job Fair and Disabilities Expo on Wednesday, October 19 from 1-4 p.m. The fair will be held at the Orr Building on the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield. Several local employers will be there to take applications and perform on-the-spot interviews. Representatives from local universities, colleges and vocational schools will be available to discuss other educational and career options.
"This is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to be successful in the job market or explore the possibility of a career change," said Kristine Smith, acting director of DRS. "Interested job applicants should bring several copies of an up-to-date resume and show up dressed for success."
The general public (with or without disabilities) is invited. The Springfield DRS office will showcase the services that are available to people with disabilities in Illinois. Current customers are invited and there will also be counselors available to take referrals for individuals who feel that they might qualify for DRS assistance or services. DORS counselors will also be available to discuss Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Traumatic Brain Injury Program, Home Services and Blind Services.
Other state agencies participating in the Career/Job Fair and Disabilities Expo include the Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Central Management Services, Illinois Department of Employment Security and Illinois Department of Veterans' Affairs.
For more information about the Career/Job Fair and Disabilities Expo, please call (217) 782-4830 or visit Springfield Job/Career Fair and Disabilities Expo.
The following is a list of participants.
Adecco Personnel Services
American Red Cross
Area Agency on Aging for Lincolnland
Beauty Control Consultants
Benedictine University at Springfield
Bethesda Lutheran Homes and Services
Camelot Care Centers
Central Illinois Community Blood Center
Clear Point Credit Counseling
Close to My Heart Scrapbooking
Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities
Cookie Lee Jewelry
Federal Bureau of Prisons - Pekin
Illinois Assistive Technology Program
IL Dept. of Central Management Services
IL Dept. of Employment Security
IL Dept. of Human Services
IL Dept. of Public Health
IL Dept. of Veterans' Affairs
IL Dept. on Aging
Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries
Lewis Memorial Christian Village
LEAD Innovative Technologies
Lincoln Land Community College
Lister Family Chiropractic
Mary Kay Cosmetics
Modern Woodmen Fraternal Financial
Prudential Financial Services
Qivana Health and Wellness
Ronald McDonald House
Senior Health Insurance Program (S.H.I.P
Sojourn Shelter and Services
Southern Bus and Mobility
SPARC - Springfield ARC
Springfield Center for Independent Living
Springfield Health Check
St. John's Hospital
The Standing Wheelchair Company
United Cerebral Palsy of Land of Lincoln
University of Illinois - Springfield
University of Spa & Cosmetology
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Western and Southern Life Insurance