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Published by AR Career Ed, 2017-09-28 15:44:20

The Scene: October 1 - October 14, 2017


News Events Staff Announcements

October 1 - October 14, 2017

Calendar of Events Birthdays

Oct. 2 - Oct. 3 Oct. 5 Oct. 1 Geria Almuharmy
ARSEBA Open Enrollment Inclusion Film Camp: Oct. 1 LaKeisha Craig
Nathan Mills
Meetings for ARCareerEd Film Premiere Oct. 2 Janet Robinson
Oct. 2
#3 Capitol Mall, Room 208 Northwest Arkansas Oct. 2 Cheryl Wiedmaier
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Community College Oct. 3 Dawn Hamby
1 College Dr. Oct. 3 Kimberly Mehalic
Oct. 2 - Oct. 3 Bentonville, AR 72712 Oct. 3 Adam Reaves
ARSEBA Open Enrollment 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Oct. 3 Phyllis Seaton
Meetings for ARS Oct. 3 Mary Wilborn
Central Office, Room 210 Oct. 5 - Oct. 6 Oct. 4 Anita Tate
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. SkillsUSA Chapter Oct. 4 Caprisha Williams-Delph
Management Institute Oct. 5 Marianna Pardue
Oct. 3 101 Bulldog Dr. Oct. 7 Mary Beck
Disability Awareness Day Plumerville AR, 72127 Oct. 7 Laura McNeel
Corissa Baker
Oct. 8
Rally at the Capitol Oct. 8 Helen Oliver
Oct. 10 - Oct. 11 Oct. 8 Trena Shedd
Oct. 5 ARSEBA Open Enrollment Oct. 11 Debra Adair
Annual Business Expo Meetings for ACTI Oct. 11 Tammy Graham
Heber Springs 105 Reserve Ave. Room 615B Oct. 11 Holly Ketchum
Chamber of Commerce Oct. 10: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11 Diedre McNeill
1001 West Main Street Oct. 11: 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 Sheri Chaple
Heber Springs, AR 72543 Oct. 12 Dorothy Hargrove
Oct. 12 Meagan Mothershed
Oct. 5 All month is Disability Oct. 12 Wanda Thomas
Transition Fair Employment Awareness Oct. 13 Cassandra Daugherty
Hot Springs Field Office Month! Oct. 14 Terrence Morrison
Norman Phillips
Oct. 14
9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Oct. 14 David Tunnicliff

ARS receives the Deaf Partnership Award The

A publication by the
Arkansas Department of
Career Education
Communication Department.
Charisse Childers, Ph.D.

Communications Department
Dustin Barnes
Susan King
Chip McAfee
Caty Sample
Ellice Scales

[email protected]


Arkansas Rehabilitation Services receives the Deaf Partnership
Award from the Arkansas School for the Deaf at the Conference on
Deaf Education and Career Readiness.


October 1 - October 14, 2017 Page 2

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services Joins USBLN as Affiliate Partner

RS is an official member of
the US Business Leadership
ANetwork (USBLN). The new
affiliation will increase collaboration
of member employers and promote
better opportunities for disability
The Arkansas branch of
USBLN is a business network of
peers committed to innovation
and opportunities for qualified
workers with disabilities. ARS’
Business Engagement Team, led
by Manager Rodney Chandler,
has encouraged the networking of
Arkansas employers since inviting
their customers to ARS’ first
statewide Business Employment
Summit in 2015.
The corporate relationships
established by Ashley
Cross, Corporate Accounts
Representative, along with the ARS Business Engagement Manager Rodney Chandler (left), Lynn Kirkbride, Direc-
Business Engagement Team, has tor of Affiliate Relations, USBLN (center), and Ashley Johnson-Cross, ARS Corporate
assisted our agency in leveraging Accounts Representative (right).
business relationships to bring
together Arkansas employers who BLN sends a message to the affiliates across the United
are inclusion champions willing to community that the business is States, representing over 5,000
replace stigma with acceptance committed to including people with businesses.
and replacing ignorance with disabilities in the workforce.” “The achievement of this
understanding. Our business The Business Leadership strategic goal is a reflection of
partners recognize that in an Network Affiliates engage in vision, leadership and agency
inclusive society, every individual networking discussions to collaboration from many
is valued. We appreciate our core increase their knowledge of individuals,” Chandler said.
Business Leadership Network community outreach, recruiting and “Additionally, it’s a demonstration
business partners, which include interviewing, the accommodation of State Government working with
representatives of Arkansas based process and barriers to Business & Industry to improve the
companies like Walmart, Tyson, JB employment. By participating in lives of Arkansans.”
Hunt and Maples Insurance. business-to-business dialogue, The new Arkansas BLN board
“We are thrilled to have ARS’ employers learn how to leverage members will be recognized
Business Engagement join us,” their organizations for success. at ARS’ 3rd Annual Business
said Jill Houghton, Executive The USBLN serves as the Employment Summit, which will be
Director of the USBLN. “Becoming collective voice of nearly 60 October 18th in Little Rock.
a member of the Arkansas Business Leadership Network

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October 1 - October 14, 2017 Page 3

Celebrating one year as a breast cancer survivor

RS Executive Assistant
Bernice Gunter is
Acelebrating one year as a
breast cancer survivor!
Doctors diagnosed Gutner
with breast cancer during a
checkup. After the December
2015 diagnosis, Gunter
immediately underwent surgery
and radiation. Today, she is
thankful for her good health and
is feeling great!
“It is extremely important to
get breast exams. The sooner
you do it, the better the chance
to get help. I recommend it
every year,” Gunter said.
Even before her bout
with breast cancer, Gunter
participated in “Race for the
Cure,” the annual fundraiser behalf of her mother, who is the Cure,” a fashion show
that brings awareness and now a 25-year survivor of breast that featured breast cancer
much-needed dollars to support cancer. survivors. The participants all
breast examinations and In mid-September, Gunter modeled clothing from local
research. Gunter did this on participated in “Runway for boutiques.

Pre-Apprenticeship training held at Fayetteville Field Office last month

he Pre-Apprenticeship
training program is a
Tprogram conducted by the
National Apprenticeship Training
Foundation (NATF). This free
training is designed to prepare
students for careers in skilled
trades or employment of their
interests. It is a week-long training
where clients learn skills such as
team building, problem-solving,
career opportunities, soft skills,
how to complete employment
applications, interview
techniques, and preparation
for interviews. The clients also
receive their CPR and OSHA 10
certification. On the last day, they
sit for interviews with employers Back Row (left to right): Billy Groom, Karen Breshears, Edward Johnson, Robert
and have the chance to be hired Robertson, Kevin Borr, Sandra Howard, Revlis Raymond, Brandon Fields, Phillip
on the spot and start work the Hutchinson, and Brandon Tenney.
following Monday. Front Row (left to right): Stormie Giddins and Losa Kelek.
The training was held in the
Fayetteville Field office during training. Some of the interests resources, childcare, baker,
the week of September 11-15. included CDL, information and plumbing. The training was
Ten participants completed the technology, administrative conducted by Karen Breashears
assistant, electrician, human and Billy Groom.

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October 1 - October 14, 2017 Page 4

Disability Employment National Disability Employment
Awareness Month, each October,
Awareness Month recognizes the societal and
workforce contributions of people
with disabilities.

Myth v.s. Fact
*Information from Accommodations have accurately been
Office of Disability described as “productivity enhancers” and
The ADA Applicants who are Employment Policy come in many shapes and forms.
forces unqualified for a job cannot
employers to claim discrimination Physical Changes
hire unqualified under the ADA. Under the Installing a ramp
individuals with ADA, to be protected from Modifying a workspace
disabilities. discrimination in hiring, an
individual with a Accessible and
disability must be Assistive Technologies
qualified, which
means he or she Ensuring application
must meet all software is accessible
requirements for
a job and be able to perform Providing screen reader software
its essential functions with
or without reasonable Utilizing videophones to facilitate
accommodations. communications with colleagues who
are deaf
Providing The majority of workers Accessible
accommodations with disabilities do not Communications
for people with need accommodations to
disabilities is perform their jobs, and for Providing sign language
expensive. those who do, the cost is interpreters or closed
usually minimal. According captioning at meetings and events
to the Job Accommodation
Network (JAN), a service Making materials available in Braille or
from the U.S. Department large print
of Labor’s Office of Policy Enhancements
Disability Employment Modifying a policy to allow a
service animal in a business
Policy, 57% of Adjusting job schedules to
accommodations cost allow employees with chronic medical
absolutely nothing to make, issues to go to medical appointments
while the rest typically cost and complete their work at alternate
only $500.
times or locations *Information from
Department of Labor

*Information from
DiversityInc. 1945 1962 1988

Congress designated in 1945 The word “physically” was The week was extended to a month and
the first “National Employ the removed to allow inclusion of changed its name to “National Disability
Physically Handicapped Week.” all Americans with disabilities. Employment Awareness Month.”

Fall foliage in Arkansas Area 1= Color change begins in

early October with the peak in late
Top scenic drives to see Fall October to early November.
foliage: Area 2= Color change begins in
• Arkansas Scenic 7 Byway mid-October with the peak in early
• The Talimena National Scenic to mid-November.
Byway Area 3= Color change usually
• Mount Magazine Scenic Byway happens in mid-November.
• Great River Road National
Scenic Byway
*Information from:

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