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August/September Newsletter

9/4/2007 12:00:00 AM

Dear AbilityLinks Supporter:

AbilityLinks will be enhancing our website in the near future and we are asking for input from you. Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey to help us plan this newest version of Your responses are important and will help ensure that works for everyone.

The AbilityLinks CONNECT program is beginning to recruit a new group of mentors and mentees that will begin the program this fall. If you are successfully employed and would like to become a mentor or are searching for employment or a career change, a mentoring relationship could help. Please contact Janice Duvall at or 630/909-7443. Find out more about this program.

Featured Job Seekers
The first featured job seeker is an IT specialist with several years of experience in analyzing and implementing solutions toward PC workstations as well as networks and systems. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Information Systems Management. View this AbilityLinks resume.

Our second featured job seeker has worked as an account executive at a major Chicago media firm for several years. He has many years of experience as an account executive and manager. He is skilled at increasing existing account revenues as well as gaining new accounts. View this AbilityLinks resume

Featured Job Opportunities
Paychex in west suburban Warrenville is looking for a payroll specialist. A high school diploma is required as well as three years of office experience in data entry, customer service and problem resolution. Some of the job responsibilities include: contacting clients daily to obtain information for payroll production; establishing payroll schedules; entering and maintaining payroll data. View this AbilityLinks job posting.

WS&S Medical, Inc. is seeking a customer service sales representative to fill a position in New Lenox. A high school diploma or equivalency exam is required and prior experience in customer service is preferred. Working with vendors and customers in the durable medical equipment industry, this person will: handle inbound and outbound sales calls; quote prices and enter sales orders; conduct inventory and stocking; arrange appointments with medical industry professionals. View this AbilityLinks job posting.

Calendar of Events
Passionate Focus 2007 Opening Reception and Silent Auction
Thursday September 6, 2007
5 PM to 9 PM

River East Art Center
435 E Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Ticket price is $100. They can be purchased in advance or at the door.

The Guild for the Blind sponsors this art show for artists who are blind or visually impaired. This show is a way of letting the world know that those with vision loss have a unique view of the world that can be seen in many artistic ways.

There will be a raffle at the reception. First prize is an 8GB iPhone. Second prize is a pair of Fendi sunglasses. Third prize is a $50 gift certificate to Ben Pao. If you can't make the reception you can still purchase raffle tickets (one for $10 or 3 for $25).

The exhibit remains open to the public September 7-21.

For tickets to the event or raffle tickets, please call Cheryl Megurdichian at 312-236-8569.

For more information, visit their website at stop by the office at 180 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 1700, Chicago.

17th Annual Operation Access to Employment for Persons with Disabilities
An Employment and Resource Fair
Friday October 12, 2007
8 AM to 9 AM
Employers discuss their expectations and needs
9 AM to 1 PM
Meet with employers and community-based organizations;
Get new ideas for resumes;
Meet with job-search counselors;
Learn about Ticket to Work;
Learn about job searching on the Internet

Hilton Oak Lawn Hotel
Cicero Avenue at 94th Street
Oak Lawn, IL 60453

For more information or special accommodations call 312-603-2000 (voice) or 312-603-0201 (TDD). You can also visit:

Please stop by the AbilityLinks booth if you are planning on attending this event!

Tuesday October 23, 2007
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
Rosemont, IL

An education and networking event for HR professionals.

For more information visit their website at

Please stop by the AbilityLinks booth if you are planning on attending this event!

If you have events you would like to include in this calendar please submit them to . Please include the name and purpose of the event as well as the date, time and contact information.

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Best Regards,

Ken Skord
AbilityLinks Project Manager

AbilityLinks is a program of Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital