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Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and AbilityLinks is celebrating by hosting a free 24/7 Virtual Job Fair to showcase the talents of job seekers with disabilities.

Register for the Virtual Job Fair today and return to Monday, October 12th through Friday, October 16th to find qualified AbilityLinks candidates, network with inclusive employers, apply for jobs, or consult with disability and employment experts. Read more about the AbilityLinks Virtual Job Fair.

Want to learn the latest techniques for building an effective resume from an expert? Join Featured Presenter, Nancy Cashen later this month for a special AbilityLinks Resume Workshop., founded and supported in part by Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, held this free online recruiting event that was open to both job seekers and employers. Accessible 24-hours a day throughout the week, the event provided job seekers with disabilities the opportunity to review a wide variety of job postings, search for employment in a specific field or industry and email their resumes to job fair employers. Job seekers could also chat online with employers, ask questions of experts on topics such as social security benefits and health insurance, and gather advice from individuals with disabilities who have already found work., the job opportunity website for persons with disabilities and inclusive employers, will be hosting a week-long virtual job fair in October.

Joanna Simmons was passionate about working as far back as she can remember. In fact, the strongest memory she has of her 16th birthday is feeling excited that she was old enough to get a part time job and a pay check. This feeling didn’t diminish even after being diagnosed with severe juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, a condition that affects approximately 50,000 young people in the United States.    While attending college, Joanna went to work for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) as a Human Resources Intern. She recalled interviewing an older man for a bus driver position who was discouraged after experiencing a lot of rejection during his job search.  “I know you won’t hire me because you think I’m too old,” the man said.   


Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and AbilityLinks is celebrating by hosting a free 24/7 Virtual Job Fair to showcase the talents of job seekers with disabilities.


Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,


U.S. Cellular, one of the nations leading wireless carriers received the AbilityLinks Visionary Award for providing exceptional leadership, mentoring and job opportunities for persons with disabilities, one of the many highlights of the 2009 AbilityLinks Conference and Employment Expo held last month in Downers Grove, Illinois to promote employment of persons with disabilities. 


Each year Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital honors, recognizes and celebrates people, organizations, businesses and job seekers with disabilities who provide so much to sustain, provide leadership and exemplify the AbilityLinks Consortium mission of increasing employment of qualified people with disabilities.


Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital’s AbilityLinks program will hold its fourth annual educational conference and employment expo on Thursday April 9, 2009.  Please save the date and spread the word.

July 29, 2008

Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,


AbilityLinks effort to increase employment of persons with disabilities was rewarded last month when it was named winner of the “Partnerships for Independence Award” by Donka, Inc., a highly regarded computer training program that specializes in serving persons with disabilities. 


June 16, 2008

Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,

There is still time to register for the next AbilityLinks job seeker Webinar which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 25, 2008. During this free Webinar, you will learn valuable information about how to find a job or job training using the AbilityLinks website. Click here to register or learn more about this upcoming Webinar.  

April 18, 2008

Dear AbilityLinks Supporter,

With over 300 job seekers, employers and disability advocates in attendance to honor worthy award recipients and participate in a full-day educational conference, last month’s AbilityLinks Consortium Employment Expo was truly an outstanding success that all consortium members can be proud of. 

Persons with disabilities continue to struggle for self determination and inclusion especially when it comes to finding a job, but signs of progress and rays of hope light the way. That was the theme of last month’s AbilityLinks Consortium Employment Expo where over 300 job seekers with disabilities, employers and vocational rehabilitation professionals met in Downers Grove, Illinois to attend a conference and network in an exhibit hall filled with employers and job seekers with disabilities from the entire Chicagoland area.    

2/2/2006 12:00:00 AM

Adelaide Brooks of Wheaton, Illinois, was named the 2005 AbilityLinks Role Model of the Year. The annual award was established to acknowledge individuals with a disability who display an outstanding ability to overcome barriers and achieve success in the workplace. Brooks overcame a paralyzing illness, has returned to work, and now mentors and supports those individuals with disabilities who are pursuing employment through AbilityLinks. The award was presented AbilityLinks annual meeting on January 19 at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital in Wheaton, Illinois where over 250 members of the disability and business communities were in attendance.