Purdue alumnus to share career path as an individual with a disability

October 27, 2014  

Brian Petraits
Brian Petraits

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the Office of Institutional Equity is hosting "One Purdue Alumnus' Perspective on the Employment Process" featuring alumnus Brian Petraits on Wednesday (Oct. 29).

The session will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Hampton Hall of Civil Engineering. Although the session is free and open to the public, attendees will need to register by visiting www.purdue.edu/ethics/oie/upcoming.html and clicking on the title of this session.

During the session Petraits will share his employment experiences as an applicant, employee and supervisor with a disability.

Starting to lose his vision as an infant, Petraits was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that damages the retina. As a result of his vision loss, Petraits began his education at the Indiana School for the Blind. However, in seventh grade Petraits transferred to Brownsburg Junior High School, and he chose to attend Purdue following high school graduation.

At Purdue, Petraits majored in industrial technology with a minor in communication, and he actively raised awareness and dispelled stereotypes about people with disabilities through public speaking engagements.

Petraits is currently the senior manager of industries at Bosma Enterprises.

Purdue is committed to making all programs accessible to participants with disabilities. If you need assistance with registering for a session or you require an accommodation or special assistance due to a disability for a program, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity before the program begins at 49-47253 or equity@purdue.edu

Source: Marcy Hintzman, 49-47253, mhintzma@purdue.edu 

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