National Disability Employment Awareness Month

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity would like to invite you to celebrate with us!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month, and the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity would like to invite you to celebrate with us. Held each October, NDEAM aims to educate about disability issues and celebrate the many valuable contributions of employees with disabilities.

Disability is an essential component of diversity. Approximately 20 percent of the U.S. population has some sort of physical or mental condition that would be considered a disability, and disabilities are becoming even more common as our workforce ages. Mizzou seeks to create an environment that is inclusive and welcoming for faculty, staff, and students with disabilities, and you can help by participating in any of the activities below.

Take Action to Support Disability Inclusion

Learn about the three offices supporting people with disabilities on campus:

Learn about Mizzou’s long history of inclusion for people with disabilities.

Request a customized training on disability awareness, accommodations or accessibility for your office or Department.

Request an accessibility walkthrough of your space or event to ensure that it is accessible.

Request Accommodations. If you have a disability and need accommodations, don’t hesitate to request the accommodations you need. The Office of Accessibility and ADA works collaboratively with faculty and staff, as well as supervisors, to provide reasonable accommodations.

The Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity also maintains an accommodations fund to assist departments across campus with funding accommodations for faculty and staff with disabilities, so 95 percent of accommodations are provided at no cost to departments. Learn more about how to request accommodations or our accommodations process, or contact Amber Cheek, Director of Accessibility and ADA Coordinator, at cheeka@missouri.edu.

Self-Identify to aide Disability Inclusion. Because disability is another form of diversity, all faculty, staff, and student employees are invited to self-identify as a person with a disability through myHR by clicking on “Personal Details”.

By choosing to self-identity, you will help us advocate for a greater investment in programs supporting disability recruitment, inclusion, accessibility, and accommodations. When you self-identify, you will not be asked for any specific information about your disability. Self-Identification responses are for statistical trend analysis and aggregate reporting only; disability status is confidential and kept completely separate from your personnel/employment data. Your disability self-identification data is never provided to supervisors, managers, or employment decision makers.

If you are a supervisor, talk about accommodations and the resources available to faculty and staff with disabilities at a staff meeting. For example, you could say: “We are a disability friendly workplace. If you ever find that a disability or medical problem is affecting your work, please come to me and we’ll work with the Office of Accessibility and ADA and Human Resources to find an accommodation.”

Report an accessibility barrier on campus to help us pinpoint urgent issues and future improvement goals.

Donate to the newly created Accessibility Fund to help support critical accessibility projects on campus, including automatic doors, ramps, and accessible restrooms.

Join the accessibility update listserv to be notified when accessibility barriers and improvements occur. Email Mohamed Shahin at shahinm@missouri.edu to join.

Learn about the accessible features of your area of campus by searching for your building on the campus accessibility map.

Nominate a colleague for a Lee Henson Access Mizzou Award.