From left are Khahn Nguyen, CRO; Glenn Padayachee, Chief, CRO; Gabriel Bursiaga, HR; Brenda Barnes, CRO; Eric Marks, DAC; and Jan Hagen, DAC Chair, EIS.

From left are Khahn Nguyen, CRO; Glenn Padayachee, Chief, CRO; Gabriel Bursiaga, HR; Brenda Barnes, CRO; Eric Marks, DAC; and Jan Hagen, DAC Chair, EIS.

By CDCR’s Disability Advisory Committee

A recent Saturday found volunteers from CDCR’s Civil Rights Operations (CRO), the Office of Personnel Services and CDCR’s Disability Advisory Committee (DAC) gathering on the North Lawn of the State Capitol to help inform the public about the rights surrounding the hiring of those with disabilities.

What began as an idea from CHP grew into a multi-departmental event providing information the public. Several state agencies were represented including Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Fish & Wildlife, Department of Social Services, and non-state entities such as the Special Olympics, Canine Companions for Independence, and Sorenson Communications. All CDCR employees who participated volunteered their time, materials, and personal resources to attend the fair.

“This really turned into a cross-functional division effort,” said DAC Chairperson Jan Hagen, a CDCR employee. “When we reached out for assistance in getting supplies to make the event happen, the Office of Public and Employee Communications, Human Resources, the Office of Peace Officer Selection, the Office of Business Services and Enterprise Information Services jumped into action providing us with a canopy, chairs, signage and volunteer personnel to make our presence known and our participation a success. All food, shirts, and other necessary items were donated by those who volunteered at the event.  It’s fantastic knowing I work for a Department that supports the rights and needs of our disabled workforce.  I’m proud to be part of this team.”

Setup for the event began at 7am and ended late in the afternoon.  Information was provided to all who inquired, and CDCR employees came to check out the fair, driving up from as far away as Mule Creek.

“CDCR continually strives to maintain a diverse workforce and we encourage persons with disabilities to apply for positions they qualify for,” said Glen Padayachee, Chief of CRO. “The disability fair was a great opportunity to publicly showcase our Department and show disabled individuals how they can get a job with CDCR.”

Those interested in becoming a member of the DAC or would like more information, email DAC@CDCR.CA.GOV.

“We welcome new members, always, as long as they have a genuine desire to help those with disabilities and can actively participate. Exclusion is not part of our vocabulary,” Hagen said.

From left are Eric Marks, Diane Shepherd, Gabriel Bursiaga and June DeVoe.

From left are Eric Marks, Diane Shepherd, Gabriel Bursiaga and June DeVoe.