Author with Cerebral Palsy Leads Lecture and Workshop on Disability and Employment

May 27, 1999

Employers and job seekers can explore issues regarding employment for disabled workers at two dynamic programs led by an author and expert on empowering the disabled. The University of Rochester and the Rochester Center will host the programs in June for Independent Living.

Lisa Tara Hooper will present "The Realities of Disability: How to Recruit, Hire and Prosper with Disabled Employees," on Monday, June 7, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., in Whipple Auditorium at the University of Rochester Medical Center,

Hooper will also conduct "From Disabled to Work-Able: A Workshop on Employment for People with Disabilities, on Wednesday, June 9, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Strong Museum.

Both the lecture and workshop are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. However, seating at the June 9 workshop will be limited. Both events will have sign language interpreter services available. For more information, call (716) 275-2277 (voice or TTY).

Hooper has dedicated her career to empowering people with mental and physical disabilities via the eradication of employment barriers. Born with cerebral palsy, Hooper has first-hand experience with the attitudinal and physical barriers that frequently exist in employment settings. As a result of her own frustration with such barriers, Hooper has designed a step-by-step job seeking approach for individuals with disabilities. She is the author Disability W.O.R.K.S!, a job-search manual addressing the attitudinal and physical barriers that individuals with disabilities frequently face when seeking employment. Hooper is president and founder of L. Tara Hooper and Associates, a grant-funded organization offering job readiness training for individuals with disabilities. In addition, she serves as a consultant and trainer for employers who desire information on how to recruit, hire and retain employees with disabilities.

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