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Rebecca Soley
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FPHSA Host Employment Seminar in Hammond

February 5, 2019

Photo 1: Presenters pictured left to right: Kristen Essaied, Quality Support Coordination; Rachel Sykes, Northshore Families Helping Families; Tiffanie Lyon, TEEM Academy; Richard J. Kramer, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority; Jeff Arseneaux, Employment Consultant; and Tami Schilling, Easterseals Louisiana.


Not pictured: Glyn Butler, Advocacy Center; Kathy O’Connell, Employer; Robert Chandler, Wolfe Lumber; Kathleen Abels, Parent/ Advocate; Maydel Schexnayder, Regional Manager, and Gabriel McGrew, District Supervisor with Louisiana Rehabilitation Services


Photo 2: Pictured left to right: Janise Monetta, Florida Parishes Human Services Authority’s Developmental Disabilities Director, and Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA Executive Director


Florida Parishes Human Services Authority (FPHSA) hosted an employment seminar for individuals with disabilities in Hammond at the Louisiana Workforce Commission on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. FPHSA partnered with community agencies and providers to make this event a success including the Louisiana Rehabilitation Services, the Advocacy Center of Louisiana, Northshore Families Helping Families, Options, ABC Case Management, TARC, Easterseal Louisiana, TEEM Academy, and Quality Support Coordination. The initiative was led by FPHSA’s Executive Director, Richard J. Kramer, FPHSA’s Developmental Disabilities Director, Janise Monetta, and Jeff Arseneaux, Independent Consultant/Advocate for Individuals with Disabilities. The seminar was packed with helpful information for individuals with disabilities seeking employment including available employment resources to link with when searching for employment; information on the Client Advocacy Program (CAP), Protection and Advocacy for Beneficiaries of Social Security (PABSS), Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) which includes information and resources on how working affects SSDI and/or SSI benefits and other benefits like: food stamps, subsidized housing, waiver services, VA benefits, and workers compensation; testimonials from employers who have hired individuals with disabilities; testimonials from individuals who are working and have a disability; testimonials of a parent of a child with a disability working; tips for creating a resume including what should be highlighted, when and how to disclose a disability, how to list skills when an individual has no prior work history, red flags, and things that should not be on a resume including a sample resume sample; how to create an action plan for employment; discussing interview skills including pre-interview preparations and frequently asked questions; and information on how to and how not to dress for an interview and tips on making an impressionable first impression. Participants had an opportunity to a free selection of interview appropriate line of apparel.


This employment seminar was hosted to assist individuals prior to the upcoming Employment Fair scheduled on Thursday, February 21st from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. FPHSA is partnering with the Lions Connected with Southeastern Louisiana University to make this event possible. The fair will be held in Hammond at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Cate Teacher Education Center- Room #250 at 1300 North General Pershing. Registration is not required to participate.


If you are a vendor and would like to register for a booth at the fair, please contact Floyd Colkmire at 985-543-4333.

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