Ability Career Fair connects employers and individuals with disabilities

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - If attendance and enthusiasm are any indication of success, the first Ability Career Fair exceeded all expectations.

More than 300 job seekers and nearly three dozen employers came together for Wednesday's event, hosted by UAH.

The career fair was the project of a small group from Class 29 of Leadership Huntsville/Madison County.

The group members represent a variety of industries and interests but in coming up with the idea for the career fair, they all recognized the need for such an event.

John Kvach, an associate professor of history at UAH, said, "the unemployment rate among people with disabilities is much, much higher than the general population.  So for us, it was a very easy connection to make."

Maggie Sierras-Trotts was one of the job seekers present.

"I have some engineering background. I have some sociology background, so I'm trying to find something where I can fit those two together," she said.

Sierras-Trotts added that she was encouraged by the resources she found at the career fair.

In addition to networking opportunities, a panel discussion also highlighted success stories, interview tips and other practical information.

Plans are already in the works to make the Ability Career Fair an annual event.

Organizers say funding from Representative Anthony Daniels will ensure it continues in 2017.