Mentoring Week for Students with Disabilities Offers Employment
BEACH COUNTY, FLORIDA. – November 22, 2006 –
Rose Lee Archer is the
Producer & Host of her weekly Public Affairs television program. The half
hour program focuses on a variety of issues that affect her viewer’s life.
Off camera Rose Lee is a national disability advocate and parent who
recognizes the employment disparity faced by high school students and job
seekers with disabilities.
Did you know that only 35 % of individuals with disabilities between the
ages of 16 and 64, are employed in the US? While 78 % of able-minded and
able-bodied people in the same age bracket have jobs.
In 1998, Rose Lee founded the Archer Disability Foundation, after
introducing community outreach programs that focused on employment
opportunities for persons with disabilities. Today ADF offers unique
informative events that educate business leaders to the talents and
abilities offered by America’s most underutilized labor pool. According to
the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 22 % of Americans
live with at least one disability. Individuals with disabilities
are from all ages, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic status and
The "2006 DADEO Mentoring Week for Students with Disabilities" was a
collaborative effort between ADF, Home Depot Stores and the Palm Beach
County School District.
The successful mentoring program is structured to increase job
opportunities for exceptional students before they transition out of high
school and into the community. "We created the program for transition
students," said Rose Lee Archer. "It is a big social problem for these
students, because when they turn 21 years old they are out of the school
system. If they are not employed they will not be able to live independent
and will be left to live with their parents or family members.
Unfortunately, some will end up homeless and never integrate into the
community. Unemployment is a huge barrier that prevents social inclusion,"
On and off camera Rose Lee works to expand the message of the resources
available to increase social inclusion to persons with disabilities. Her
journalistic talents were honored with the "2005 Small Business
Journalist of the Year Award." Her community involvement as an
independent television producer and national disability advocate was
recognized with the 2004 Best Diversity Initiative, South Florida
Rose Lee is a member of the Florida Independent Living Council, Able
Trust’s, Governor’s Alliance to Employ Persons with Disabilities, Palm
Beach County Disability Mentoring Liaison and the Florida Business
Learn how your business can join the nationwide effort to promote career
development for students and job seekers with disabilities. Discover how
Rose Lee’s unique Disability Mentoring Career Day will benefit the
community by hiring the talents of a person with a disability.
information call Rose Lee today at 561-241-7987
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