Career Connections Scheduled for August
Support Conference for Unemployed People with Seizure Disorders
CAREER CONNECTIONS is a peer support conference for unemployed and underemployed individuals with epilepsy/seizure disorders who are in the job search. CAREER CONNECTIONS is sponsored by the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group (EPAEG), a non-profit social services agency which helps people with epilepsy and seizure disorders through a comprehensive employment assistance program that provides resume assistance, job seeking skills training, job leads and employment counseling. The Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group also conducts support/counseling sessions for its clients which are designed to help them better deal with their situations relative to employment issues. All people who have seizures and are in the job search are welcome to attend as are professionals who work with people who have epilepsy.
Career Connections includes seven sessions relative to employment issues and epilepsy as well as a medical update by a physician who specializes in epilepsy treatment (an epileptologist) and will be from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Helen Young Room of the Southdale Library, 7001 York Avenue South in Edina on August 13 and November 12. Sessions include:
Challenges and Resources in Employment Search
Grief and Loss: Past Jobs, What We Can Learn
Resume Development and Social Networking
Volunteering and Connecting: Hidden Opportunities
The ADA: Workplace Accommodations and Self-disclosure
Interviewing and Dressing for Success
On the Job: Strategies for Memory Impairment
Conference attendees will have an opportunity to share job-seeking tips and information, gain skills and learn from other attendees, as well as from the conference instructors. If you are interested in attending Career Connections, or want more information, call 612-616-4612 Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or email email@example.com to contact the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group. Box lunches are provided to attendees. Attendance is limited so pre-registration is required. You can register on-line at www.epaeg.org or click the registration tab on the left of the home page.
EPAEG BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER LORETTA BOILEAU TALKS ABOUT THE EPILEPSY ADVOCACY AND EMPLOYMENT GROUP
Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group (EPAEG) helps people with epilepsy and seizure disorders by providing an employment program which offers employment support groups, job seeking skills workshops, interviewing skills training, resume and cover letter coaching and helping individuals with epilepsy access to job search databases. It also works with employers to resolve issues related to epilepsy and coordinates with other agencies to provide appropriate education to companies and employers of people with seizure disorders to encourage employment.
EPAEG also assists people with seizure disorders as an individual advocate when discrimination may be an issue, or when a person with seizures needs help or assistance with employment specific issues such as access to health insurance, public and private disability benefits, drivers’ licensing and transportation resources related to accessing employment.
Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group provides several professionally conducted, time-limited, education groups which are designed to help individuals with seizure disorders better understand the impact epilepsy has on becoming successfully employed.
When a situation becomes complex and you need special help to resolve it, that’s when you need a case manager or Individual Advocate. Individual Advocacy goes a step beyond referral to other agencies and often involves working directly with legal, governmental, medical and other resources to solve your problem.
Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group will act on your behalf as a BRIDGE TO EMPLOYMENT and help you deal with the issues people with epilepsy often face which, along with seizures, lead to employment problems. EPAEG’s individual Advocates are highly experienced with the issues of transportation, memory and cognitive difficulties, brain injury, side-effects of medications, discrimination based on disability, special accommodations, teaching self-advocacy and other issues relative to epilepsy and employment.
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The Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group helps people with epilepsy who are seeking employment and related advocacy issues requiring case management assistance. We count on the people who believe in our mission to ensure that we can provide these services to the individuals who so desperately need them. We are not supported by the United Ways nor do we have a business which generates funds to support our work. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of the people who donate to support the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group.
Your gift will help the Epilepsy Advocacy and Employment Group continue its important mission of providing employment assistance for people in Minnesota living with epilepsy. You can make a donation to EPAEG on-line now by clicking the DONATE NOW button. We thank you for your support.
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