Monday, January 26, 2015

Disability, Civic and Business Leaders Tackle Unemployment at Twitter-Hosted Hackathon

Twitter and The Arc San Francisco hosted a “Community Conversations” hackathon in San Francisco, California on Thursday, January 22nd, teaming up with city Supervisors, business leaders and advocates to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar (center, wearing tie) at a discussion session to improve job opportunities for people with disabilities.

Over 80 participants attended the lively one-day event held at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters, working together to tackle some of the biggest barriers to more jobs by sharing idea and resources.

Aaron Rothman, Recruiting Manager Engineering, Janet Van Huysse, VP Human Resources and Caroline Barlerin, Head of Community Outreach and Philanthropy, were all on hand to lend support and speak as employers with experience hiring people with disabilities.

“It’s important for us to open up our network and share our success with clients of The Arc,” said Mr. Rothman.
"More companies need to be involved in this effort," said Ms. Van Huysse.
Janet Van Huysse, Twitter VP Human Resources, commits her team to reaching out to other companies who can benefit from hiring people with developmental disabilities.
“California ranks last in the nation in employment for people with disabilities,” said The Arc’s Kristen Pedersen, Director of Employment. “There are thousands of people with disabilities who can work, who want to work and enjoy the dignity of participating in the economy and contributing to our City. With today’s event, we’re creating new partnerships and solutions that will put more people in jobs and make a powerful difference in all our lives.”

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The Community Conversations event was sponsored by California Consortium for Youth, a project of UCLA’s Tarjan Center, with local support provided by The Arc San Francisco, @thearcsf, a learning and service center providing education, vocation and life enrichment opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities.

-Meredith Manning, Director of Communications, The Arc San Francisco

Twitter: @thearcsf

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