REACH Employment Services

Publication Date: 
Aug 8 2018

Workforce Solutions for North Central Texas, in partnership with Capital One & Texas Workforce Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Services is thrilled to host the Inaugural North Texas Capabilities Forum

Date:     Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Time:    9 am to 2pm

Site:     Capital One Conference Center

                   8036 Dominion Parkway, Plano, Texas 75024

The event is design to encourage employers to recognize and become active in hiring qualified people with disabilities.   Collaboratively address employer challenges related to successfully sourcing, hiring and supporting differently abled job seekers.  Overall focus is to increase workforce preparation and readiness through best practice sharing amongst employers and support organizations across North Texas.  There is no charge to attend, breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please find registration link below: 

Direct Link to Employer Registration Form:

Workforce Solutions of North Central Texas, Capital One Corporation & TWC Vocational Rehabilitation appreciates your attendance.  If there are any questions, or if you require accommodations, please contact Tesha Johnson at  Thank you if you have registered, we appreciate your support.  We look forward to seeing everyone!


Goodwill & The Texas State Fair will be hosting a job fair on Oct 26, 2018 (Friday) from 10am-1pm

We are excited that this year’s Big Tex Job Fair will be featured at the new and spacious Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center at Fair Park.  

Event Details:

  • Date:    Friday, October 26,2018
  • Location: Briscoe Carpenter Livestock Center at Fair Park, 1403 Washington Street, Dallas, Texas  75210
  • Time:   10:00am to 1:00pm

Kimberley Coleman, Employment Specialist,

Job Connection,

Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.

3020 N. Westmoreland Road

Dallas, TX 75212

T:  214.638.2800 x152

F:  214.638.7926



Texas HireAbility Campaign Connects Employers to Job Seekers with Disabilities


More than 13,000 Texans with Disabilities Hired or Explored Careers in Fiscal Year 2018

AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) is partnering with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities and Texas Workforce Solutions for the Texas HireAbility campaign to raise awareness about the benefits of hiring people with disabilities. The campaign is now in its third year and coincides with National Disability Employment Awareness Month to highlight the contributions of people with disabilities in the workforce. During October, TWC and its partners will feature resources for employers and conduct a statewide series of hiring events for job seekers with disabilities.

“We look forward to highlighting our year-round Texas Hireability campaign during National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” said Chair Ruth R. Hughs. “Some of our state’s most successful Texas employers proudly make inclusion and diversity a priority, and we continue to encourage employers to take advantage of this talent pipeline and understand the benefits of hiring a diverse workforce.”

In addition, TWC’s Summer Earn and Learn is one of two student programs that connects employers with youth and prepares students with disabilities for a successful transition to postsecondary education and employment. More than 2,350 students statewide gained work experience and training through Summer Earn and Learn this past summer, connecting with employers who included Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple, KLBK TV in Lubbock and the Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The students learned about the employers’ industries and developed specialized skills and work experience. Some students were presented with the opportunity to being employed full time. Summer Earn and Learn is a partnership between TWC and the 28 Texas Workforce Development Boards.

Another 228 students with disabilities participated in Explore STEM!, a TWC initiative designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. TWC partnered with 10 universities, colleges and technical schools statewide to serve as hosts for Explore STEM! summer camps for the students, aged 14-22. Each camp was five to seven days with hands-on, interactive instruction on topics that included computational engineering, cybersecurity, biotechnology, manufacturing, forensic science, archeology, astronomy, plant biology and robotics.

Explore STEM! is part of our Pathways to Careers initiative, designed to expand pre-employment transition services to students with disabilities,” said TWC Commissioner Representing Labor Julian Alvarez. “Along with our Summer Earn and Learn program, Explore STEM! highlights the state’s commitment of investing in our future workforce and encouraging a focus on workforce abilities not disabilities.”

In addition to statewide hiring events to highlight National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities will host a webinar for Texas employers on Oct. 30 titled Business Partnerships for Disability Inclusion. Gov. Greg Abbot also issued a proclamation for Disability Employment Awareness Month and a proclamation for 2018 White Cane Day in Texas to commemorate the month.

For a Texas HireAbility calendar of events, resources that employers can use to promote disability employment awareness, and information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month, visit

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 Check Out our new REACH Employment Services page on Facebook.

The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) is delighted to share the launch of our brand-new website! Funded and led by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy, the CDE is a collaborative effort among several disability and business organizations working together to change attitudes about the employment of people with disabilities and foster dialogue around these important issues.

With a fresh, easy-to-navigate design, visitors can find in-depth information and coordinating media products for the CDE’s three powerful public service announcements (PSAs), including the award-winning “I Can,” “Because” and “Who I Am” PSAs, all of which promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities. 

We’re also pleased to introduce several new campaign features, including the CDE Blog, which will feature insightful posts from a wide range of thought leaders on disability and employment. You can also subscribe to receive news and updates from the CDE via email.

We invite you to visit to explore all the resources, tools and materials our site has to offer, and join the movement to spread the message about the value of disability inclusion in the workplace. 

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