25th Annual Disabilities Awareness Luncheon was held at the Century Center

South Bend, Ind. Community members gathered Wednesday to celebrate focusing on strengths, instead of disabilities.

Mayor Pete Buttigieg attended the 25th Annual Disabilities Awareness Luncheon at the Century Center.

The event was sponsored by the Rotary Club of South Bend.

In her keynote, LaVille second grade teacher Joanne Slomski spoke to the group about how she overcame her own disability. Slomski has a condition that's caused her bones to break more than 200 times in her life.

“It reminds us all that we really need to feel blessed for what we do have and what we are able to do, and not focus on those limitations we have in life,” says Debie Coble the Vice President of Workforce Development Services.

“We want to make sure we thank employers and employees who make sure this is a community where people of different abilities can contribute can contribute to the community and have a job," says South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

The luncheon honored four individuals who've been working with the same employer for two decades or more.

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