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Beyond Reasonable Accommodations: Promoting a Culture of Diversity Where Every Person Belongs
September 15 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Supported employment professionals are in a unique role. They are the bridge between employers and employees with disabilities. We have the ability to help employers understand that creating a diverse workforce is more than simply hiring someone with a disability and providing reasonable accommodations. In this session we will learn how to start the diversity conversation with employers, discuss the steps to engaging and establishing a relationship with employers, and share resources that promote the development of the culture of diversity.
Join us as we learn how to promote a culture of diversity and include people with disabilities in all aspects of an organization’s operations. Everyone benefits and achieves success when a range of perspectives on how to address business challenges are shared among a diverse team.
Participants will be able to:
- Understand disability history and its impact on the work place.
- Discuss diversity and its impact in the workplace.
- Identify the questions needed to start the conversation with employers about “disability as part of cultural diversity.”
- Outline the steps to including disability in the diversity discussion
Presented by: Pam Williamson
Pam Williamson is the Assistant Director of the Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University. The Center is funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is also a member of the Georgia Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) and serves on the Board of Directors.
Ms. Williamson has expertise on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), special education, and supported employment. She has co-authored three online courses: ADA Basic Building Blocks (adabasics.org), At Your Service: Welcoming Customers with Disabilities (atyourservicecourse.org), and the ADA Title II Tutorial (adatitle2.org) and the curricula, ADA and Self-Advocacy for Youth – Train-the-Trainer Curriculum: An Americans with Disabilities Act Roadmap.
Ms. Williamson is an alumna of Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia where she received her Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation.
She identifies as a person with a disability and has been involved with people with disabilities on a personal and professional level most of her life. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, her dog, Bandit, reading, and playing fantasy football.