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Individuals with disabilities represent a significant and often underutilized resource for employers. As advocates for diversity, as greater understanding of the talents individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace emerges,  employers should take a serious look at hiring and retaining people with disabilities. This course will give supervisors, managers, and human resource consultants tools and tips for creating a diverse workplace.

Disability Awareness

SKU: 217537123517253
$399.00 Regular Price
$329.00Sale Price
  • At the end of this course, you will be able to:

    • Prepare to welcome people with disabilities into your workplace.
    • Identify and overcome barriers in the workplace.
    • Use respectful, appropriate, acceptable language in any circumstance.
    • Understand what your company can do during hiring and interviewing 
    • Understand what job accommodation is and how it applies in your workplace.
  • Defining Terms

    To start, participants will learn what the terms disabilities and stereotypes mean.

    Misconceptions and Realities

    There are plenty of misconceptions, as well as realities, to working with people with disabilities. We will explore some of those in this session.

    A Business Case

    In this session, participants will complete a case study to explore why companies should hire people with disabilities.


    Dissecting Labels

    This session will discuss why labels are inappropriate and how they can make people feel. We will also provide participants with some ground rules for being respectful and using appropriate language, as well as how to be practical when discussing a disability. Several lists of inappropriate terms and more appropriate language will be provided.

    Barriers and Accessibility

    Accessibility refers to making your workplace, and your business, available to people. Although laws differ between regions, this session will cover some basics of physical accessibility. Other barriers will also be discussed.

    The Cornerstones of Diversity

    Diversity experts Armida Russell, Amy Tolbert, and Frank Wilderman have identified four cornerstones of diversity development. They are knowledge, acceptance, understanding, and behavior. We will examine each cornerstone in detail during this session.

    Encouraging Diversity by Hiring

    This session will address two key hiring issues: what can the company ask, and what can the candidate expect?

    Appropriate Behavior

    Diversity expert Lenora Billings-Harris has developed a four-step technique that you can use when someone is behaving in an inappropriate manner. It is called STOP! Participants will learn about the technique through a lecture and will then practice it in a role play.

    Communication Essentials for Disability Awareness

    In this session, we will talk about respecting confidentiality, preparing documentation, and where to find good resources.

    Communication Styles

    This session will allow participants to take a more objective look at the advantages and disadvantages of both sides of different dichotomies related to communication styles.

    Critical Conversations

    Next, we will give participants a framework for discussing disabilities. We will include specific questions that are appropriate for gathering information without infringing on an employee’s rights.


    Accommodation and Adaptation

    To wrap up the course, we will explore how you can use accommodation and job shadowing to create a truly accessible workplace.

    Workshop Wrap-Up

    At the end of the course, students will have an opportunity to ask questions and fill out an action plan.

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