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Bucks County hosts an event at DelVal to change perceptions of people with disabilities

Nov 11, 2011

An event focusing on employment for people with developmental and mental health issues will be held at DelVal Nov. 15 from 9:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m in the Moumgis Auditorium.

The event is the first in a series and will focus on best practices for creating a positive employment experience for both employees and employers.

Bucks County’s Department of Mental health/ Developmental programs is collaborating with Networks for Training and Development, Inc. and DelVal’s counseling psychology department to host the event.

“We as a department believe that everyone is employable,” said Mary Beth Mahoney, a mental health administrator with the county. “And we ask that everyone embrace that philosophy.  . . . We want to change people’s attitudes toward people with disabilities.”

Denise Bissonnette, the keynote speaker, is an internationally renowned writer, trainer and speaker who inspires her audiences with visions of new possibilities while empowering them with practical tools.

“Denise has a national reputation and is a highly motivating speaker,” said Mahoney, who said her department is looking forward to having a long-term relationship with the college.

This event is perfect for job seekers, families, residential providers, day and employment providers, support coordinators, case managers, rehabilitation specialists, school staff and administrators.

To Register:
There is a $15 fee to attend. Lunch will be provided.  Participants can register online at www.networksfortraining.org/BucksKickOff.html  or by contacting the program at registrar@networkfortraining.org or 610-935-6624 ext. 926. The registration deadline that is listed on the brochure below has been extended. Space is limited, so register as soon as possible.

Event Schedule:

Beyond Barriers to Passion and Possibility: The Art of Creating Opportunity
9:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Beyond Traditional Job Development: Essentials of Employer Engagement
1:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Full brochure:

http://www.buckscounty.org/government/departments/humanservices/mentalhealth/CelebrationofEmploymentBrochure.pdf