OTTUMWA — There will be an event at Indian Hills this Friday to commemorate National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“We’re targeting people who have disabilities that want to explore employment opportunities, although others are invited to come,” said Clark Young, one of the event organizers. “We have a series of speakers and workshops that provide some education related to having a disability and wanting to go to work.”

Not to be confused with the Ottumwa school district’s motto, the event will be called Educate, Engage, and Empower. Last year it went under the name Employapalooza.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Kyle Horn, founder of America’s Job Honor Awards. Horn and his organization have been longtime promoters of providing employment to those with disabilities.

There will be a series of workshops open to attendants after the speeches conclude. These will provide information on subjects such as Social Security benefits, Ottumwa Job Corps, tax credits employers can receive if they hire people with disabilities, how to register for apprenticeships, opportunities at Indian Hills, and more.

There will also be a Goodwill fashion show, during which different work-appropriate outfits will be displayed. All the clothes on display have been curated from Goodwill.

A job fair will be held after the workshops conclude, with representatives from Buena Vista University, National Able Network, and Ottumwa Regional Health Center providing information on potential employment opportunities.

The main event will be held at the Indian Hills Stephens Auditorium Arts and Sciences Wing, and runs from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The job fair begins immediately after and runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Jack Langland can be reached at jlangland@ottumwacourier.com.

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