'Feel' what it's like to have a disability

Are you ready for a challenge? October is Disability Employment Awareness Month, but people with disabilities overcome barriers every day.

As part of the awareness campaign, Kennedy Employment Services, a division of The Kennedy Center, will be conducting a Sensitivity Training Session on Thursday, Oct. 17, from 3:30-7:30 p.m., at Westfield Trumbull, and is open to the public. The event will be held in the Lord and Taylor Court on the 2nd floor of the mall, located next to the entrances of Lord and Taylor, Ruby Tuesday’s and Ten Asian Bistro.

Sign up for an activity and be challenged! See how well you can perform a task after being equipped with a challenge: focusing on hearing impairment, visual impairments, physical disability, hearing voices, and a wheel-chair challenge. The activities are intended to give participants of all ages the ‘feel’ of what it is like to have certain disabilities.

“We are fortunate to have Westfield Trumbull host this community service event for us again,” said Joan Nassef, Marketing and Employer Relations Manager at Kennedy Employment Services. “Through Westfield’s generosity, we have educated scores of individuals as well as area employers. Our goal is to foster a greater understanding of some of the challenges individuals overcome to be successful in the workplace. We look forward to educating the public during Disability Employment Awareness Month.”