'D.R.E.A.M.' job fair offers those with disabilities chance for employment

'D.R.E.A.M.' job fair offers those with disabilities chance for employment

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Thousands of people living in Tucson with disabilities, both mental and physical, have the opportunity to meet potential employers on Wednesday, Oct. 12.

The D.R.E.A.M. Job Fair is taking place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tucson Convention Center, located at 260 S. Church Ave.

This is the sixth annual D.R.E.A.M Job Fair, which is put on by a coalition of nonprofits and government agencies to help people with disabilities find meaningful work.

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Last year, Tucson Electric Power hired three people from the event.

In 2006, Dawei Fu was hit by a car walking on Speedway Boulevard and Mountain Avenue.

He went into a coma and woke up blind. Even with a bachelor's degree in engineering and two master's degrees, he couldn't land a job. But everything changed when he heard about the D.R.E.A.M job fair, and got the phone call from TEP.

"You know when I heard the news I was extremely happy," Fu said. "After three years, eventually I got a job, a great job."

Grayson Stogsdill has a similar story. He lost his sight 13 years ago due to Type One diabetes.

Stogsdill has a wife and three kids, but for years has struggled to find a job. It was in 2015 that he met with TEP at the job fair. He was hired by them this year.

"Working hard has paid off," he said, "to succeed where I'm at now and showing everyone where I'm at here."

Some of the businesses at the job fair include Best Buy, Citi Group, The Jim Click Automotive Team, Tucson Medical Center, and the University of Arizona.

Tucson has an estimated 35,000 unemployed people with disabilities.

The event is free and open to the public.

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