On May 3, 2018, over 100 students representing a wide range of disabilities converged on the Bucks County Intermediate Unit’s central office site in Doylestown to participate in the EmployAbility Expo. Participation at this year’s Expo represents the largest total number of participants over the past several years. This annual event aims to provide students with practice in newly learned job skills as they face potential employment after high school. The students represented Bucks County school districts, the Bucks County Technical High School, and numerous Bucks County Intermediate Unit programs.
Each student participated in three practice job interviews. Approximately 40 volunteers representing area businesses, government agencies, Human Resource specialists, and other agency stakeholders conducted the interviews. The students returned to their schools having gained valuable feedback on their interviewing skills, also developing the skills and strategies needed to obtain and retain competitive employment in today’s economy. The delicious refreshments for the event were provided by the Bucks IU student W.O.W. (We’re Outstanding Workers) catering program.