Fall 2017 Workplace Diversity Series

Including People with Disabilities in the Workplace

The purpose of this series is to enhance the capacity of faculty and staff as they engage on their daily campus activities to understand and learn about disability as an issue of diversity rather than difference, and of strength rather than deficit.

The skills and attitudes learned in this series can be applied to the workplace, the classroom, and in interpersonal and community contexts. We hope that the participants will serve as leaders in bringing awareness about issues related to disabilities across campus and affect changes in practices and policies.

Pre-registration is required. Participants must attend all sessions to earn a certificate of completion.

Upcoming Sessions

Session 1: End the Awkward: An Introduction to Disability Awareness

Presented by Amber Cheek, Accessibility and ADA Education

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Student Center — St. Louis Room

Please join us for this fun, interactive and informative session, and learn about disability directly from the source. Using multimedia and personal stories, this session will cover basic disability awareness, language, culture and etiquette. In this session, we will discuss a wide range of scenarios involving people with many types of disabilities. Each attendee will leave the session with greater awareness of the real-life experiences of people with disabilities, better knowledge of how to communicate well with people with disabilities and the information and resources to help make Mizzou an even more welcoming place.


Session 2: Make it Accessible: The Cliff Notes Guide to Making Things More Accessible

Presented by
Amber Cheek, Accessibility and ADA Education
Mohamed Shahin, Accessibility and ADA Education

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Student Center — St. Louis Room

Please join us for this highly visual and interactive session explaining the most common accessibility barriers for people with disabilities and how to avoid them. You will learn how to tell if a space is wheelchair accessible, how to recognize important features that assist people with vision and hearing disabilities, how to tell if a document is accessible and more. You will leave with the skills needed to make your workspace more accessible, plan an accessible event or meeting and create an environment that is usable and welcoming for people with many types of disabilities. Come with questions, and expect to have fun learning how people with disabilities navigate the world.


Session 3: All About Accommodations: Understanding How Accommodations Work

Presented by
Amber Cheek, Accessibility and ADA Education
Ashley Brickley, Disability Center

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Student Center 2206A

This session will introduce attendees to the fascinating world of reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, both at work and in the classroom. We will discuss what accommodations are, how accommodation processes for students and employees work and the various offices on campus involved in providing them. You will also learn some of the most common accommodations, assistive devices and assistive technologies that are now available to people with disabilities. Attendees will leave this session with a better understanding of accommodations and the knowledge needed to be able to help others — whether faculty, staff or students — with beginning the accommodation process.