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Disability Awareness 101:
Creating a Safe and Inclusive Environment

Over 21.4 % of today's workforce in the U.S. consists of persons with a disability who represent a significant and largely underutilized resource for businesses. Many disabled persons are underemployed or unemployed.  With more attention now on the disability community and a shrinking labor pool, employers are taking a serious look at hiring and retaining persons with disabilities. ​ 

Thank you to everyone who attended the kickoff of the MiDEC Disability Education Series: Disability Awareness 101: Creating a Safe & Inclusive Environment on ​Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Lansing West, 925 S Creyts Road, Lansing, MI 48917.  Please mark your calendars for Session II: Disability Awareness 101: Inclusive Hiring Practices - WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019. Details Coming Soon!  Sign-up for our newsletter to stay connected about upcoming events offered by The Professionals Forum (TPF) and MiDEC. 

Meet Your Session One Presenters

Jonathan Bischoff
Michigan Rehabilitation Services 
Stacy Hickox
Michigan State Univeristy
Jonathan Bischoff, MA, CRC, LLPC,
Business Relations Consultant at Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) will take you through the process of how to identify the barriers that exists within your organization and how to provide   
reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities ensuring you create a safe and inclusive environment.  
Stacy A. Hickox, Esq., Associate Professor
Michigan State University - School of Human Resources and Labor Relations, will provide an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), making sure you are up-to-date on what your organization really needs to know to ensure you are compliant and providing all the necessary accommodations for employees with disabilities.
Feliz Rodriguez
Community Mental Health-CEI
Sagar Sheth
Mobieus Technologies
  Feliz Rodriguez, Diversity & Inclusion Officer for Community Mental Health Authority of Clinton, Eaton & Ingham Counties and serves as the Professional Development & Diversity Director for the Greater Lansing SHRM, will provide some great resources on how to use inclusive language and Best Practices in your hiring process, including how to handle sensitive situations as they arise at the workplace.
  Sagar Sheth, Founder & President of Mobieus Technologies, a Lansing-based medical device manufacturing company, is a serial entrepreneur who owns several multi-million-dollar enterprises and employs hundreds of people across Michigan. 
He enjoys public speaking and serving as a mentor for other up-and-coming entrepreneurs. He is a motivational leader who fosters diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Program Overview
This half-day workshop will give supervisors, managers, and human resource professionals the tools and resources needed for creating a more welcoming, inclusive and diverse workplace.  During this 3.5 hour in-depth training, you will learn how to examine the stereotypes and  misconceptions about persons with disabilities, what barriers exist (and how to remove them) and how you can utilize Best Practices to change your organization's attitudes and behaviors. 

Benefits of this Program:

  • Learn how to Increase your organization’s ability to effectively recruit, hire and retain individuals with disabilities
  • Gain awareness on how your organization’s commitment to including individuals with disabilities as a valued segment of the workforce may encourage existing employees to discloses their own disabilities (creating a true environment of inclusiveness)
  • Get a better understanding of the barriers those with disabilities face in the workplace
  • Learn how to use appropriate and inclusive language and effective communication skills
  • Discover how to ensure employees with disabilites have reasonable accommodations (and how to put these in place)
  • Learn how to successfully include employees with disabilities in the culture of your organization while increasing competence and confidence with employees, guest, clients and vendors
  • What the Amercians with Disabilities Act of 1990 is and what you really need to know
  • How to create and implement Best Practices into your HR practices, ensuring you are appropriately communicating and interacting with individuals with disabilities, job candidates, vendors and/or clients

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