MARF set to host its first disabilities employment summit in Columbia

6 days 3 hours 25 minutes ago Wednesday, October 11 2017 Oct 11, 2017 Wednesday, October 11, 2017 4:06:00 PM CDT October 11, 2017 in News
By: Jacob Seus, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - The Missouri Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (MARF) is set to host its first ever disability employment summit.

The summit will be a chance for people with disabilities to learn and get advice on the job field.

The event will take place Thursday morning from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at the Garden Inn Hotel on Vandiver Street.

MARF helps people with skills training, job development and supported employment. It wants to help break the barriers between people with disabilities and employment.

The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of Missourians with disabilities by driving public policy and strengthening member organizations through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Mark Satterwhite works for Boone County Family resources, an organization that belongs to MARF. He said this is a timely meeting because October is disability employee awareness month, nationally.

“It’s a myth that disability means can’t do,” Satterwhite said. “People with disabilities can work and should work because they want to work.”

Nationally-known leaders in the field will be speaking at the event to help the attendees. There will be five speakers who will all give their advice to help people with disabilities get jobs.

“People with disabilities want the same opportunities and have the right to the same opportunities as every other person,” Satterwhite said. “We want to do everything that we can to build our capacity to support them.”

MARF Executive Director Erika Leonard will be helping to running the summit. 

“The MARF Employment Summit brings industry leaders to share the most current knowledge and insights with state community providers, thereby ensuring they have the requisite resources to provide the highest quality of care to Missourians with disabilities," Leonard said. 

 The organization says it hopes that after the event, those who attend will have the ability to go out and find themselves a job and execute the skills learned.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill says she didn't object to a bill weakening federal authority to stop... More >>
18 minutes ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:12:56 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's unemployment has dropped slightly. Department of Economic Development data released Tuesday show the unemployment... More >>
23 minutes ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 7:08:32 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Two men were arrested Tuesday morning and accused of possession of illegal drugs and firearms at 505 East... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 6:20:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia man accused of driving his car into Mizzou Arena over the summer was formally charged Tuesday.... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:09:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - New television or cleaning service? New shoes or lawn care? A new study suggests time-saving purchases make people... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:06:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - Many staff members at MU say they aren't happy, especially on the issue of pay. According to... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 5:01:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — The former city clerk in Walnut Grove was sentenced to a year and a day in federal... More >>
3 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 4:09:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Council approved street repairs for South Lincoln Street after six months of residents dealing... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 3:30:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA - A local committee dedicated another African American Heritage Trail Marker on Tuesday. The Sharp End Heritage Committee... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:53:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- C-SPAN arrived in Jefferson City on Tuesday to meet with local and state politicians and middle school students... More >>
4 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 2:49:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A federal inmate with end-stage renal disease has been spared the death penalty for his fourth murder... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:27:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Missouri appeals court has thrown out a $72 million award to a woman who claimed... More >>
7 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 12:19:00 PM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man and found three sisters whose disappearance in August from their Kansas... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:09:00 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A man has been charged with shooting a St. Louis police detective in the shoulder last... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 10:02:35 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Authorities say deputies have shot and wounded a man after he pointed a gun at them in... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:55:26 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — The University of Missouri is hiring the top Missouri state senator's chief of staff to be the... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:50:49 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House Ethics Committee is reviewing a complaint against a lawmaker who called for... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:44:00 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
CARUTHERSVILLE (AP) — Authorities are searching for two inmates who escaped Sunday from the Pemiscot County jail. The St.... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, October 17 2017 Oct 17, 2017 Tuesday, October 17, 2017 9:31:27 AM CDT October 17, 2017 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 59°
8pm 59°
9pm 56°
10pm 54°
11pm 52°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
This Is Us
9:01p
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
8:00p
This Is Us
9:01p
Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders
7:00p
The Flash
8:00p
DC's Legends of Tomorrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld