Disabilities Awareness Month Free Public Event: OE in Focus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Kacie Ensign, Opportunity Enterprises,
219-464-9621 ext 244, kacie.ensign@oppent.org
Date: March 3, 2017

HOW DO YOU INTERACT WITH PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES? DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH FREE PUBLIC EVENT: OE IN FOCUS

Valparaiso, IN – March is designated as Disabilities Awareness Month. Opportunity Enterprises, an agency dedicated to maximizing self-sufficiency and enriching the quality of life for individuals with disabilities, is proud to serve these Amazing people. In order to help the public understand how to interact with individuals with disabilities, a free public event will be held Thursday, March 16 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm at OE’s Main facility on the corner of Evans Avenue and Silhavy Road in Valparaiso. Guests will gain understanding into the world of disabilities through learning about different physical and mental disabilities and diagnoses, asking questions, learning how to communicate well, and discover all the ways Opportunity Enterprises serves their clients.

Did you know that one in every eight people in the U.S. has a disability? Of those, the most common are ambulatory, cognitive, and hearing disabilities. In Indiana, the prevalence of disabilities is slightly higher. Opportunity Enterprises serves nearly 1,000 people with disabilities in Northwest Indiana.

“OE in Focus is a great opportunity to learn more about interacting with people with disabilities, communicating with them, and understanding their challenges,” said Kirstin Krenz, Training Director. “OE in Focus is a short introduction to disabilities and to Opportunity Enterprises as a whole.” Attendees to this free public event should RSVP their attendance to Julie McKean at 219-464-9621ext. 226 or julie.mckean@oppent.org. Opportunity Enterprises is located at 2801 Evans Avenue, Valparaiso. Guests should enter at Door 2.

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OPPORTUNITY ENTERPRISES WORKS TO MAXIMIZE SELF-SUFFICIENCY AND ENRICH THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES. CELEBRATING 50 YEARS IN 2017, OE IS IN THE BUSINESS OF AMAZING PEOPLE, SERVING NEARLY 1,000 PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN NORTHWEST INDIANA WITH OVER 450 STAFF AND HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS. OPPORTUNITY ENTERPRISES IS A UNITED WAY AGENCY.