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“Oh I Never Thought About It”: Ensuring a Safe and Accessible Workplace

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The Covid 19 pandemic has almost literally turned our world upside down. Responding to the challenges inherent in containing the spread of the virus in the absence of a vaccine or effective treatment has resulted in the taking of bold steps, including closing down our economy to prevent overwhelming our health care systems and to save lives.

This “disaster” like those of the past have had an inordinately negative impact on vulnerable sectors of our society including disadvantaged minorities and people with disabilities in ways that those of us who are more fortunate are unable to imagine. The impact is also experienced in the workplace.

Employers are discovering that government reopening policies can make the workplace less accessible to their employees with disabilities creating the need for new ADA accommodations.

We are also noticing that more employees with disabilities are disclosing that disability due to the need for ADA accommodations related to the pandemic.

As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ADA, we are discovering that ADA accommodations can be play an important role in a thoughtful and successful business reopening.

Don’t miss this series of four informative webinars which will address these concerns and offer guidance for navigating accessibility during this challenging time.

Learn how you can change your response to such situations from “Oh, I never thought about that” to “I’m glad I thought about that.”

The webinars will take place every other Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. beginning July 21st. Please mark your calendars!

Admission: Donation of $15.00 per attendee. We rely on donations to support our mission to “bring diversity full circle to include people with disabilities in the workplace and supply chain. Free admission for State, Federal, local government and school employees.

Please note: We understand that we are in the midst of challenging time. If you are unable to afford to afford your donation, please contact Executive Director Sharon Denson at sharon@disabilityinct.org.

 

Tuesday, August 18th“Do Virtual Rooms Have Stairs?”: Creating a Barrier Free Virtual Workplace

When our businesses closed in response to the pandemic, we sent our employees home with a laptop and the belief that they would be returning to their offices sooner rather than later. A growing number of businesses have been moving to virtual workplaces and the Covid 19 pandemic is accelerating this trend. This has been driven by the fact that:

  • Businesses which moved to a virtual office because of the pandemic have discovered the advantages of a remote workplace.
  • Some employees are reluctant to return to the office because of the safety issues caused by the pandemic and others like working from home.

The workplace disruptions caused by the pandemic resulted in accommodations requests being held until there is a return to business as usual. We now realize that it will be a long time, if ever, before we return to business as usual. In addition, many businesses were reluctant to take the time or make the investment in ADA accommodations necessitated by what appeared to be this “temporary” virtual office.

Once we have determined that working from home will become long term policy, how can we ensure that employees with disabilities have the accommodations necessary to fulfill the essential functions of their jobs? Please join us as we address accommodations for employee with disabilities who work from home.

To register, please click on the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/do-virtual-rooms-have-stairs-creating-a-barrier-free-virtual-workplace-tickets-116365058021

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020 Inclusive Virtual Recruiting: How to Ensure that Your Virtual Job Fairs and Recruitment Efforts are Accessible to Job Seekers with Disabilities  

The Covid 19 pandemic has resulted the transition of career fairs and other recruiting events to a virtual platform. Join us as we learn how to create virtual career fairs which are accessible to job seekers with disabilities. We will address the use of virtual platforms, setting up virtual interview spaces, virtual “booths” and other strategies for a successful and accessible career fair.

Please mark your calendars for this informative program. Registration will open shortly.

Previous Programs:

Due to the popularity of these programs, we are posting the PowerPoint presentation. The link will be located beneath the description of the program. There is no charge to access the presentation.

Tuesday, July 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 

“Oh, I Never Thought About That…”: Responding to the Impact of Reopening Rules on Your Employees with Disabilities 

Join us as we address the challenges faced by businesses as they reopen in an environment which can impact ADA accommodations. We will review some of these challenges and share true stories of creative solutions for situations where safety guidelines triggered the need for new ADA accommodations. Time will be reserved for participants to share experiences and positive solutions.

Tuesday, August 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  “Many Happy Returns”: Using the ADA Interactive Accommodations Process as Part of Your Successful Reopening Strategy

In this webinar we learn about the “Interactive Process” for requesting ADA accommodations and how to use this process and why utilizing it can help you address employee concerns as you reopen your business.

You will learn:

  • Step by step instructions for implementing this process.
  • How to prepare for increased accommodations requests
  • How to use this process as part of a strategy for a “smooth” reopening
  • How to include information about ADA accommodations in your employee communications
  • How you can use the ADA interactive process to address employee concerns about the reopening of your business

Join us as we learn about the “Interactive Process” for requesting ADA accommodations, how to use this process and why it can help you address employee concerns as you reopen your business.

You will learn:

  • Step by step instructions for implementing this process.
  • The expanded definition of disability under the ADA AA and its Covid 19 applications.
  • How to use the accommodations process to open the conversation about employee concerns.
  • How to use this process as part of a strategy for a “smooth” reopening.
  • How to include information about ADA accommodations in your employee communications

Please join us as we discuss this creative strategy for our “new normal” which can help you create a reopening process marked by “many happy returns.”

Join us as we learn about the “Interactive Process” for requesting ADA accommodations, how to use this process and why it can help you address employee concerns as you reopen your business.