Oct. 6 through 14 is "National Javits-Wagner-O'Day Week." In more than 600 community agencies, the Javits- Wagner-O'Day Program provides more than 36,000 American who are blind or who have other severe disabilities with job skills and training necessary to receive good wages and benefits and gain greater independence and quality of life. People with disabilities traditionally face an unemployment rate of 70 percent and often rely heavily on social support programs such as welfare.
By employing people who are blind or who have other severe disabilities, the Javits-Wagner-O'Day Program is able to increase independence and self- esteem by helping these individuals enjoy full participation in their community and market their JWOD skills into other public/private sector jobs.
Since 1976, Imperial County Work Training Center Inc. has been providing vocational training and employment for people with disabilities in our community. Currently, WTC employs 34 individuals with disabilities and 17 are working on JWOD projects in Imperial County.