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June 3, 2013

Ticket-to-Work offers statewide workshops for people with disabilities

Contact: Julie Rabinowitz, 207-621-5009

Ticket-to-Work offers statewide workshops for people with disabilities

AUGUSTA—Maine CareerCenters are hosting a series of community forums in June highlighting work incentives that assist people receiving Social Security disability benefits in returning to work. The public is welcome to attend. Pre-registration is encouraged.

“Hiring workers with disabilities makes good business sense because research shows that people with disabilities are loyal employees and loyal customers,” said Governor Paul R. LePage. “We want to assist every Maine citizen in gaining meaningful employment.”

More information about the Ticket-to-Work program is available here .

“People with disabilities can achieve their employment goals without fear of losing essential services,” explained Commissioner of Labor Jeanne Paquette. “These workshops showcase the many support services available to people with disabilities. The Department of Labor can help people identify training programs, find a good job and make new connections with their community and a wider network of support. We also assist businesses in hiring or keeping workers who have disabilities.”

Participants will learn about the Ticket-to-Work initiative that provides many Social Security beneficiaries with more choices for receiving employment services. The program encourages eligible Mainers to work through the CareerCenter network to access employment and training services, vocational rehabilitation and other support services necessary to achieve an employment goal. Each CareerCenter in the state has staff available to assist people with disabilities.

To register or to learn more, people interested should contact their regional CareerCenter. The contact information for each CareerCenter’s Ticket-to-Work liaison is listed along with the June workshop date and time. Additional employment resources for individuals with disabilities are available at TTY users should call Maine Relay 711.

Augusta CareerCenter, June 13, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact: Tracy Hotham, 207-624-5120 or 1-800-760-1573,

Bangor CareerCenter, June 20, 2013, 1–3 p.m. Contact: Mike Johnson or Gwen LaPointe, 207-561-4050 or 1-888-828-0568, or

Brunswick CareerCenter, June 7, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact: Patrice Daigle, 207-373-4012,

Lewiston CareerCenter, June 13, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact: Linda Roberts or Patti Gray, 207-753-9000 or 1-800-741-2991, or

Machias CareerCenter, June 3, 2013, 10 –11:30 a.m. Contact: Donald Rice, 207-454-7551 or 1-800-543-0303, or Lori Joy, 207-255-1934 or 1-800-292-8929,

Presque Isle CareerCenter, June 18, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact: Peter Lento, 207-760-6300, or Kent DeMerchant, 1-800-635-0357,

Portland CareerCenter: June 17, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact: Senja St. John, 207-771-5627 or 1-877-594-5627,

Rockland CareerCenter, June 5, 2013, 10–11:30 a.m. Contact: Kathy Wochomurka, 207-596-2603,

Wilton CareerCenter, June 20, 2013, 10 –11:30 a.m. Contact: Cheryl Moran, 207-753-9030,

York County CareerCenter, June 18, 2013, 1:30 –3 p.m., Springvale. Contact: Damian Cortez, 207-324-5460 or 1-1800-343-0151,

Maine’s statewide network of CareerCenters provide one-stop employment resources, including computers and Internet access, for job seekers and employers. Services for job seekers include job referrals, career counseling, job hunting workshops, labor market information, skills assessment and information on training. CareerCenters also offer specialized employment services for people with disabilities.

For more information, visit your local CareerCenter or call 1-888-457-888 (TTY users dial Maine Relay 711) or visit .