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OHSU Helps Pair People Living With Disabilities With Local Businesses

WHAT:     Oregon Health & Science University will host a first-time networking event aimed at connecting individuals with disabilities with local employers, government representatives and supporting affiliates. The event is part of OHSU’s continuing efforts to build bridges and better connect the community and the diverse populations it serves.

WHERE:     OHSU Center for Health & Healing atrium, South Waterfront, 3303 S.W. Bond Ave.

WHEN:     6 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010  

DETAILS: The goal of the event is to connect skilled individuals with disabilities with employers, customers and entrepreneurs within the local business community. “The disability community is growing and historically underemployed,” said co-planner, Michael Tom, associate director of OHSU’s Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity department.

“OHSU wants to reach out and welcome individuals with disabilities as potential co-workers, visitors and patients,” added co-planner Dean Westwood, director of the OHSU Center on Self-Determination. “As Portland’s largest employer, we’re excited to host this first-time event. We hope to provide an opportunity for a spark or connection to develop between individuals and those businesses that seek to add a valuable perspective and asset to their bottom line.”

The event is sponsored by OHSU’s Executive Leadership Team in collaboration with OHSU’s: Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity department, Center on Self-Determination, Child Development and Rehabilitation Center, Cultural Advocacy Team and Diversity Advisory Council, and Physical Access Committee. Additional sponsoring and supporting businesses include:  DePaul Industries, Disability Rights Oregon, Incight, Integra, Northwest ADA Center, Oregon Council on Developmental Disabilities and Pollin Properties.

For more information, contact Ismael Meda, Administrative Coordinator for the Physical Access Committee, at meda@ohsu.edu or 503-494-2491, or visit: www.ohsu.edu/oidd/CSD/networking/

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