Alcorn Industries will host an event from 9-10 a.m. Oct. 2 to give honor to all those with disabilities who are in the workforce in Alcorn County.
“There are a variety of disabilities that people have and this is just a small way to honor them in the workforce," said Therray Taylor, director of Alcorn Industries. “Our main goal with this event is to try and get employers to recognize these employees and to also open up their doors to let other individuals come in with disabilities.”
Taylor said most of her workers have developmental disabilities and are not like what most people think about when they hear the word, disability.
“Most people think about the typical disabilities like . . . they are in a wheelchair, or they may have a mental disability but our clients are different from this,” Taylor added. “However, we want to afford them with the same opportunities that every individual gets, with or without a disability."
Taylor said they want employers to give their people a chance to work just as much as they do those with other disabilities.
Therefore, this event is being held and several special guests have been invited. Some of these guests include Corinth Mayor Tommy Irwin, who will be giving a proclamation and Nick Bain, State Representative House District 2.
“We are so blessed to have the mayor and the state representative coming and giving proclamations and to have them talk about what is going on the community,” Taylor said. “After they talk, I plan on giving a presentation, as well, about our mentoring program that we just started.”
Taylor’s presentation will focus on how these individuals can work, have a desire to work, and have the ability to work.
“Gooseberries here in town has some of our folks there and they are teaching them how to do a certain job," said Taylor. "They have proven that they have the attributes it takes to be a successful employee. The Gooseberries folks have been great and they are our first employer to work with us on this mentoring program. The workers love it there and they participate in the cleaning and the serving of customers and are allowed certain freedoms to try different tasks.”
Taylor said this is all about giving their people a fair chance at being successful, both in life and at the workplace. She wants employers to come to the event and get a better understanding of the mentoring program and how it all works.
“We just want to encourage everyone that we sent out invitations in the community, and invite other who want to join in, to come down here and see what's going on,” Taylor said.