Stewart and Hasty

Franklin County Mayor David Alexander presents a proclamation declaring October as “Disability Employment Awareness Month” to Kim Hasty, rehabilitation training center manager at the Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Winchester.

Franklin County Mayor David Alexander has proclaimed October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Franklin County.

Alexander met with Kim Hasty, rehabilitation training center manager of the Community Tennessee Rehabilitation Center in Winchester, on Oct. 3 to sign the proclamation. This year’s theme is “The Right Talent, Right Now.”

National Disability Employment Month is recognized each October across the state to generate public awareness about the talents, abilities and contributions of workers with disabilities.

TRC Winchester is part of the Tennessee Department of Human Services Vocational Rehabilitation program, which provides a variety of individualized services to individuals with disabilities in preparation for their employment in a competitive labor market.

Vocational-rehabilitation advocates work to find employment outcomes for individuals that are consistent with their strengths, resources, abilities, capabilities and informed choice.

There are 17 Community TRCs strategically located throughout the state.

These TRCs provide rehabilitation services for individuals and employers in their surrounding areas and offer comprehensive vocational-evaluation services, employee-development services, job-readiness training and employment services.

TRCs also offer services to employers that market ability, recruitment, industry outsourcing, internships and services to injured workers.

“The community-based training and employment opportunities that have been created through our partnerships with government and employers are transforming lives, transforming business and transforming communities,” said TDHS Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Mandy Johnson. “Competitive, integrated employment leads to a better life for the employee, a better bottom line for the business and a stronger, more inclusive community.”

For additional information about the services that can be provided by the CTRC in Winchester, please visit www.tn.gov/humanservices/disability-services.html, and to learn more about vocational rehabilitation, visit www.tn.gov/humanservices/ds/vocational-rehabilitation.html.