Columbia, SC (March 12) – Able South Carolina’s annual transition conferences, Empowering A Future and Mapping Your Future, will be held on Friday March 15 and Saturday March 16 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. The two-day event is designed to raise expectations, foster awareness of best practices, and build critical skills that will empower youth with disabilities to succeed in adulthood.
Honored guest Julie Hocker, who serves as the Commissioner of the Administration on Disability at the Administration on Community Living within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will share valuable insight to support the employment initiatives taking place in South Carolina. “I am thrilled to be in South Carolina to speak at Empowering a Future,” Says Hocker. “At ACL we know employment is a direct pathway to sustainable self-sufficiency. Integrated employment at competitive wages is a vital part to community living, and we believe it should be the expectation for all people with disabilities. With 60,000 unfilled jobs in SC today, we know that people with disabilities entering the job force is critical to our nation’s strong & growing economy.” LeDerick Horne, a dynamic speaker and advocate for people with disabilities, will provide the keynote address.