Louisiana Job Fairs 2006 will be held in Lafayette on Tuesday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. until noon at the Heymann Performing Arts Center at 1374 South College Road. This event is being held in conjunction with similar events across the state to help people with disabilities find employment. A Job Fair is also scheduled in Houma on Oct. 31 and events were held in Baton Rouge on Oct. 4, Mandeville and Shreveport on Oct. 10, Alexandria and Monroe on Oct. 11 and Lake Charles and New Orleans on Oct. 12.

The effort is sponsored across Louisiana by the Medicaid Purchase Plan for workers with disabilities through its federal Medicaid Infrastructure Grant and is coordinated by Louisiana Business Leadership Network. The Lafayette event is co-sponsored by the Lafayette Consolidated Government President’s Awareness Committee for Citizens with Disabilities. Marcus Duhon of Albertson’s will serve as Lafayette’s Business Chairperson.

People with disabilities are both the largest minority in the United States and also the largest population of unemployed Americans. The American Community Survey shows that Louisiana is home to almost 400,000 people with disabilities who are of working age. Studies indicate that 275,000 of these adults with disabilities are unemployed but want to work.

Louisiana Job Fairs are designed to give people with disabilities who want to work full access to employers in one location. In 2004 and 2005, more than 3,000 job seekers were connected with 327 businesses statewide. Organizers hope to connect more job seekers and businesses in 2006.

For more information about the Lafayette job fair, contact Donna Roy at (337) 988-0039. To find out more about the statewide effort, visit Louisiana Business Leadership Network online at www.lbln.org or Medicaid Purchase Plan at www.LaMPP.org.