Thursday, October 16, 2014

Annual Opportunities Expo highlights opportunities

News release

The Annual Opportunities Expo will take place on Thursday, Oct. 23 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 313 W. Tunnel Street, Santa Maria. The purpose of the Expo is to highlight the many opportunities available in northern Santa Barbara and southern San Luis Obispo Counties to help students with disabilities become working and contributing members of their community.

This one day public event hosts venders, educators, and businesses that support special education programs, and provides information about getting jobs and living in the community. Parents, guardians, friends, educators, and members of the community are invited to attend. Each year local businesses are honored for their contributions and exceptional students are acknowledged for their achievements.

October is also National Disability Employment Awareness Month. In his recent proclamation President Obama stated, “Americans with disabilities lead thriving businesses, teach our children, and serve our Nation; they are innovators and pioneers of technology. During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the Americans living with disabilities, including significant disabilities, who enrich our country, and we reaffirm the simple truth that each of us has something to give to the American story.”

More information is available from Cheri Spencer, Vocational and Transition Manager at 922-0334, or