Boone Center, Inc. (BCI)—a nonprofit that improves the lives
of adults with disabilities through employment opportunities—invites the community to attend
two upcoming seminars.
The first, a virtual presentation entitled “Competitive Employment: Is It Right for Me?”, will be
held on Monday, January 23 at 6:30 p.m. Competitive employment occurs when people with
disabilities work alongside non-disabled individuals at local businesses and earn the same pay,
benefits, responsibilities, and opportunities. Attendees will learn how to overcome the most
common barriers, hear from individuals who have successfully joined the competitive workforce,
and meet local firms that currently employ adults with disabilities. The presentation is free.
However, advance registration is required HERE.
The second presentation, entitled “Three Steps for Stronger Self-Advocacy Skills”, will be held
on Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 p.m. at the St. Charles City-County Library Middendorf
Kredel Branch at 2750 Highway K in O’Fallon. Led by BCI Benefits Case Manager Sandy
Weitkamp, attendees will learn how to build skills that help individuals be more authentic, make
informed decisions, feel more empowered, and have more self-confidence. This free presentation
also requires advance registration at HERE.
“These are two very different and important topics for individuals who want to challenge
themselves and grow,” said BCI Social Mission Director Katie Jones. “The seminars are great
resources for individuals preparing to graduate high school and transition into adulthood and
independence. And while the presentations are designed for individuals and families, disability
service providers as well as companies looking to build an inclusive hiring program may also
benefit from participating.”
Founded in 1959, BCI inspires and supports people with intellectual and developmental
disabilities, challenging personal growth and development through a continuum of innovative
employment opportunities. Headquartered at 200 Trade Center Dr. W in St. Peters, Mo., BCI
currently employs more than 230 adults with disabilities under its organizational employment
program and serves dozens more with employment services, vocational training, and follow-
along services under its competitive employment program and Skills Center. For more
information, call (636) 978-4300 or visit https://www.boonecenter.com/.