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TUESDAY TALKS 2018

Our monthly webinars/phone conferences called, TUESDAY TALKS, are a great way to start your engagement with Disability:IN Pennsylvania and involve others from your organization.  TUESDAY TALKS allow companies from across the state and country to quickly learn about a valuable resource or success story related to the employment of people with disabilities. These monthly phone calls are currently provided at no cost to the attendees and are scheduled on the second Tuesday of every month from 12-1 p.m. EST.

 

During TUESDAY TALKS, businesses are able to have discussions with their peers about topics that address: ideas for accommodations; ways to improve recruitment and/or retention; ideas for becoming a company of choice for employees and customers; strategies for compliance; financial incentives available to businesses; and more!

 

Just email Disability:IN Pennsylvania to receive the full list of upcoming topics scheduled for TUESDAY TALKS this year and receive the connection details.

 

Past Topics Below.  Click on Topic Name for Link to Recordings.  Contact Disability:IN Pennsylvania  if you need an alternate format to follow the presentation. Recordings after April 2018 are already captioned.

 

RECORDINGS FROM PAST YEARS ARE ARCHIVED HERE:  TUESDAY TALK HOME , 201820172016

  • February 12, 2018- Sarah Pennington- Service Animals- Have you ever wondered how to handle an employee with a service animal? How about a customer? What are their rights? Should you ask for an ID? Sarah Pennington, a student at McDaniel College, and the owner of Daisy, her psychiatric service dog, shared the legal rights and regulations of service animal handlers and insider tips on how to treat someone with a disability

  • March 13, 2018-  Understanding MS in the Workplace- We talked about Multiple Sclerosis and how to accommodate the common symptoms of this progressive disability. Our speaker was Christina L. Forster, MA, CRC, MSSMC, MS Navigator, National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

  • April 10, 2018-  Enterprise Ride Share Program- Are you struggling with hiring qualified candidates because of lack of transportation to get to and from work? Enterprise RideShare can help to eliminate the transportation barrier through our turn key vanpool program. Bobby Fultz, the local RideShare Account Executive, will provide insight on how the Enterprise RideShare program has worked employers in both rural and urban areas for helping their employees arrive to work every day and help stretch their reach of where they are able to recruit new employees.

  • June 12, 2018-  ARE YOU READY TO MAKE CHANGES, BUT NOT SURE WHERE TO START?!- Since June is the end of a fiscal year for many and a midpoint within a calendar year, it’s a good time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and start charting our path for the months ahead. This session will return to the basics and help you set some goals for 2018-2019. Stacy Kyle, the Project Director of the PA BLN will lead attendees through a discussion on how to categorize a review of possible needs and how to engage your team on where to start. Everyone attending will receive a format of discussion questions to use within your workplace.

  • July 10, 2018- JOB ACCOMMODATION NETWORK - NEW WEBSITE- JAN gave us an overview of their new website that will be unveiled this summer. JAN , on the phone and online, is a valuable resource for learning how to make good faith efforts to accommodate applicants or existing staff.

  • September 11, 2018- QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS, QUESTIONS - Join DISABILITY:IN Pennsylvania as we asked you questions and listened to the ones you brought! We challenged our knowledge about accommodation processes and workplace issues. What are the challenges you are facing? We may not have come up with all the answers during our brief time together, but attendees left with some suggestions and resources to utilize.

  • October 9, 2018- TOOLS, TECHNIQUES and TECHNOLOGIESInclusion results when good processes and practices are normalized into the workplace. Normalizing inclusion requires tools, techniques, and technologies. Many of these are embedded within the no cost Workplace Accommodation Toolkit and Mobile Accommodation Solution app. This session featured three new video trainings within the Toolkit and a demonstration of the new MAS app. Participants will leave with the tools, techniques, and technologies necessary for institutionalizing inclusion and ensuring the longevity of disability inclusion efforts. Anne Hirsh, the CoDirector of the Job Accommodation Network, was the presenter.

  • November 13, 2018- LET's FOCUS ON VETERANS AND SERVICE MEMBERS- Attendees learned more about a few resources that can assist your company in better supporting your employees that have been or are connected to the military. They may have even found a few resources to use for recruiting qualified veterans/service members.  Our key presenter was Michael Volz, Veteran Outreach at Department of Veterans Affairs , at the Harrisburg VET Center. Michael can be reached at  (717) 782-3954 or michael.volz@va.gov

  • Check out the following resources to make contacts for veteran/service member supports or job candidates: 

  • VET CENTERS- https://www.vetcenter.va.gov/- 1-877-WAR VETS (1.877.927.8387) is an around the clock confidential call center where combat Veterans and their families can call to talk about their military experience or any other issue they are facing in their readjustment to civilian life. The staff is comprised of combat Veterans from several eras as well as family members of combat Veterans.  Find a VET CENTER near you .... https://www.va.gov/find-locations/?facilityType=vet_center

 

  • Veterans Employment Toolkit- https://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/  -  In this toolkit, you can learn about Veterans and the military, such as what Veterans bring to the workplace and what the military structure and culture is like. You can also learn how to support employees who are Veterans or members of the Reserve or National Guard in the workplace, through reading about common challenges and how to help, reviewing communication tips, reading a report about Veterans in the workplace, or by downloading handouts to use with EAP clients. Finally, Veterans and their family members can find employment resources for Veterans.

  • You can even take can online course (https://www.va.gov/vetsinworkplace/training/EAP/default.htm) on how to support and help veterans address some common readjustment issues.

  

  • Make The Connection is an online resource designed to connect Veterans, their family members and friends, and other supporters with information, resources, and solutions to issues affecting their lives.  https://maketheconnection.net/ .  Check out all the info at this site.  The following link can help you search the directory by zip code, state, and/or need... https://maketheconnection.net/resources .

 

  • Greater Philadelphia Veterans Network- http://gpvn.org/ - is an organization building an ecosystem of successful veteran employees, leaders, and veteran owned businesses   

  • Make connections to your Local Veterans' Employment Representatives (LVERs) and Disabled Veterans' Outreach Program Specialists (DVOP).  Here's a fact sheet about their roles https://www.benefits.va.gov/VOW/docs/LVER_DVOP_Factsheet.pdf   . Contact your local CareerLink to make connections to these folks that are focused on veterans.  

  • VetSuccess on Campus- https://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/vsoc.asp -aims to help Veterans, Service Members, and their qualified dependents succeed and thrive through a coordinated delivery of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling, leading to completion of their education and preparing them to enter the labor market in viable careers. There's a directory of campuses involved across the US at this site.

Click Here to Join Disability:IN Pennsylvania ...going to this external site will allow you to share your contact information with us and state your needs.