Independent living is not just about an individual having the opportunity and responsibility to make decisions as well as to exercise their right to control their own lives; nor is it solely about finding a job, receiving equal services, being able to ride an accessible bus or get into a public building. It's also about having a social life, being a complete member of the community. The Center is committed to community involvement for individuals with disabilities. Annually, the center is involved with many events that promote the diversity and talent of individuals with disabilities in our community.
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Great view for the parade from our office! Try your luck in the Derby jackpot $1! Express your personal style in the Derby hat contest! Delicious appetizers!
Admission is FREE and appetizers and drinks provided. Use 3rd St. Entrance.
Reservations are required. RSVP with Amy by Friday, April 27th, at (502)589-6620 / email@example.com or CAL Social Corner on Facebook.
Come join us in celebrating this Louisville tradition! Accommodations Provided on Request.
Monthly at the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville.
"Know your Rights." Toni Ahl from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC
will go over civil rights and anti-discrimination laws for job seekers. RSVP to Amy Jones, (502) 589-6620 /
Monthly at the Center for Accessible Living in Louisville.
"Resume Tips and Tricks." Barb Davis, former Senior Employment Specialist for the
Center for Accessible Living will discuss how to address things like gaps in your resume and other items. RSVP to Amy Jones, (502) 589-6620 /
Please visit our social corner to see our upcoming social events.
Center for Accessible Living (Louisville), 2nd and 4th Thursday of the every month 2 - 3:30 pm.
Center for Accessible Living (Murray), Every third Thursday of the Month at 1 pm.
Meets the first Tuesday of the month in the evening in the Highlands. For people actively working on reaching a goal in their life.
Meets the last Thursday of the month in the evening in the Highlands. This group is for people with intellectual / developmental disabilities ages 15-24. We work on life skills such as speaking up for yourself (self advocacy), communication and relationships, responsibility, working, health, resources in the community, and more.
Peer Group Questions? Contact Amy Jones at (502)589-6620
Center For Accessible Living (Louisville), Thursdays* 9:30-11:30 am.
*Please Call ahead, some Thursdays Job Hunt Club Will be Closed.
Adapted Leisure Activities offers a wide range of recreational activities for individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities, along with their friends and families. Programs include wheelchair basketball, aqua exercise, bowling, dances, assisted shopping and more. The Adapted Leisure staff also works with other programs in the Recreation Division of Metro Parks to ensure people with disabilities can participate in recreation activities, and works with the department's Planning & Design staff to ensure that new capital projects are developed with accessibility in mind. Visit the Adapted Leisure Website.
Alcoholics Anonymous for the Deaf with ASL Interpreter. Questions? Please contact: Marc J.; 502-298-5363, email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more info on Alcoholics Anonymous for the Deaf.
Saffin Center (3938 Poplar Level Road, Louisville, KY 40213), Wednesdays 8 pm.
St Andrew's Episcopal Church (2233 Woodbourne Ave. Louisville, KY 40205), Tuesdays 8 pm.
O'Shea's Event Pictures:
"Celebrating the Beauty"
National Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) promotes career development for students and job-seekers with disabilities through job shadowing and hands-on career exploration. With leadership, coordination and resource materials from the AAPD, local communities around the country organize their own activities that bring students and employers together for informational sessions about career opportunities and one-on-one mentoring with volunteers at public and private places of employment.
DMD allows students, job-seekers and mentors to share their experiences and broaden their horizons. The Center has been told by participants, both the job-seekers and mentors, that they have come away from their encounter feeling energized and empowered.
DMD is an event coordinated nationally by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the Center is the official Louisville Metro Area coordinator for city wide events.
We are making plans right now, so please contact the Center for Accessible Living if you are interested in this opportunity, (502) 589-6620.
Once again the Center for Accessible Living is the Louisville Metro coordinator for Disability Mentoring Day 2011… and it is approaching fast. This is absolutely FREE to all who participate and ideal for Individuals with disabilities of all who want to shadow someone in a professional field. This is a great opportunity to gain first hand insight into your career of interest.
On October 19th. The Center for Accessible Living will be matching students and job seekers who have a disability (18 and older) with mentors for a morning of one-on-one job shadowing in workplaces throughout the Metro Louisville area.
“This experience was uplifting and empowering… she was really cool, I feel like I made a new friend and we laughed a lot together.” – Annie Henning, Mentee
”My mentor made me feel welcome. I enjoyed answering the phones - it was a great experience. I want to say ’Thank you’ to ResCare for letting me do this.” – Kevin Davis, Mentee
Disability Mentoring Day is officially commemorated on the third Wednesday of every October, but it is then implemented in locations around the country and internationally throughout the year. This is just one of many events during the month of October, which marks Disability Employment Awareness month. It is designed to benefit from local creativity, with each community planning activities to best suit the interests and abilities of its students, job-seekers and local employers. Although the core experience is one-on-one job shadowing, event planners may choose to open with a meeting for a group of students and job-seekers featuring several presentations and/or close with a reception where students, job-seekers and mentors can share their experiences. The type of mentoring experience depends in large part on the participants’ interests, education level, and work experience. Job-seekers can focus on specific career advice and discuss potential internships and job openings.
For six (6) years the Center for Accessible Living has matched students and job seekers who have a disability with mentors for a morning of one-on-one shadowing in the mentors’ workplaces throughout the Metro Louisville area.
Community partners have included Norton Hospital,
Jefferson County Public Schools,
Metro United Way,
Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Home Depot, Louisville Metro
Recycling plant, professional wheelchair basketball team
"Hill on Wheels",
WHAS Radio personality Joe Elliott, Former UofL
Basketball Player Wiley Brown, Oldham County Public School, Kentucky Office
for the Blind, Options Unlimited, National Patient Account Services,
Community and Technical College, Louisville Business Leadership Network, Ahrens
Vocational School, Dreams with Wings, University of Phoenix Louisville
Campus, Louisville Metro Police, Superior Van, Wal-mart and the Veteran's
Former Mentee Annie Henning as a Mentor with her own 2008 mentee.
“Its here!” proclaimed the email sent to the management staff on October 18, 2006. The first Disability Mentoring Day for Citi,
Louisville, was finally here, and we were expecting four students, from the local public schools, to visit our site. We made
arrangements for the students to shadow associates in our security and cafeteria areas. In anticipation of the event, I am not sure
if I or the students were more excited.
At 9:00 am sharp, four very eager students arrived, ready to get a glimpse of a real work place. They were advised of their assigned areas, introduced to the persons they would shadow, and then went right to work. The students that shadowed our security officers helped record times and sign-in visitors, went on safety checks around the building, made picture identification cards and performed many other classified activities. One of the students had a special interest in the culinary arts, so, he was a perfect match to shadow in the cafeteria. In the cafeteria the students assisted our gourmet chefs, shadowed the cashier, and stocked the many food and beverage items sold in the cafeteria. In both areas they interacted with our entire staff coming and going from the building and the cafeteria. After a satisfying morning of hard work, they all enjoyed lunch in the Citi Café.
At the conclusion of the event our participants left with a new vision and a spring in their step. As the students departed they were given
a big thank you and memento of their visit. One of the students turned to me and said,
“Working here today has given me an idea of
different jobs that I can do. I think I can get a job as a stocker in a grocery store.” I returned to my office thinking how fortunate we
were to participate in such a rewarding program.
As a follow up, that young man did get a job as a stocker and is still employed. Citi is looking forward to participating in this event again this year.
”I really liked it… I
felt like they weren’t just trying to pass the time, they treated me as
if I was actually there shadowing for my first day on the job.” – Eric
“I learned a lot, I
really enjoyed this experience” – Megan Thurman
This experience was uplifting and empowering… she was really cool, I feel like I made a new
friend and we laughed a lot together.” – Annie Henning
”My mentor made me feel welcome. I enjoyed answering the phones - it was a
great experience. I want to say – Kevin Davis
’Thank you’ to ResCare for letting me do
FREE AND OPEN TO ANY JOB SEEKER.
Fun & Informational. Employment Day is a half day event designed to make the job seeker with a disability more job ready.
Seminar topics related to gaining and maintaining employment.
Specialists will be available to help make a great resume.
If you have a resume, please bring it on a USB storage drive.
If you don’t have a resume, bring information about your job & education history.
Human Resources Professionals available for mock interviews.
Event is at 305 W. Broadway on the corner of 3rd and Broadway in Louisville. We are located in the Fincastle Building on the 2nd floor. Entrance is on 3rd Street Side. *We cannot validate parking for this event.*
RSVP: Amy Jones @ (502) 589-6620 / email@example.com
Please let us know if you need any accommodations.