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TUESDAY TALKS 2017

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

  • January 10, 2017- INTEGRATING DISABILITY INCLUSION INTO YOUR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION STRATEGYDeb Dagit (www.debdagitdiversity.com) , who served as the VP and Chief Diversity Officer at Merck for nearly 12 years,offered her insights on this topic. By leveraging the U.S. Business Leadership Network's Disability Equality Index (DEI), a survey instrument created by a team made up of business leaders and disability subject experts, companies can effectively evaluate their ability to attract and retain customers, candidates, employees and suppliers who are living with a disability. The presentation will include: culture and leadership strategies for promoting disability; the Reasonable Accommodations process; inclusion of disability owned/certified businesses in supplier diversity; accessibility of internal and external websites and applications; the importance of including people with disabilities in your outreach efforts and internal strategy; tips for community outreach; and guidance on preparing for the DEI. These pre-reads will allow you to make the most of this Tuesday Talk: o Learn more about the DEI and register before the 1/13/17 deadline https://www.disabilityequalityindex.org/register.aspx o“Six Reasons to Make the DEI Part of Your New Years Resolutions” go to: http://usbln.org/6-reasons-need-disability-equality-index-dei/

  • February 14, 2017- ADHD: the Hidden Productivity Killer….. What to Look For and How to Help! When poor time-management, disorganization, and weak follow-through impact an individual’s productivity, and the company’s bottom line, we often attribute an employee’s poor performance to incapability, laziness or a less-than stellar work ethic. Often, there’s something else getting in the way of performance. Lynne Edris, Expert ADHD Coach of Coaching ADDvantages, will explore how ADHD often shows up in the workplace, why individuals with ADHD struggle with productivity, and provide practical and effective ways business can help affected individuals perform their best! FYI....the first few minutes (almost 5 minutes) don’t have sound. This audio gap really doesn’t miss much content. At the beginning Stacy welcomes everyone and then the Speaker introduced herself. As Lynne started the presentation, she was challenging the preconceived notions that many have about people with ADHD. She explained that ADHD presents itself differently in everyone. One of the slides even highlights successful people with ADHD.

  • March 14, 2017-canceled due to weather

  • April 11, 2017- EMPLOYERS’ TOP 10 FACTORS TO SUCCESSFUL REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS OUTCOMES- Led by the PA BLN Director, this discussion was not recorded.  Content was based on a study conducted by the University of Maryland. During our conversation we covered the six step non-linear interactive process between the employee and employer.  The goal of this session was to discuss some of the challenges that often cause problems within the workplace, but to also identify some ideas for how your company can improve your process. Here are the resources we covered ...

 

  • May 9, 2017-  LESSONS LEARNED FROM BUSINESSES MENTORING BUSINESS ABOUT DISABILITY & STIGMA IN THE WORKPLACE- Our presenter, Janet Fiore, President/CEO of The Sierra Group, Disability and Employment Leaders, talked about lessons learned from working with Businesses in the Hiring of People with Disabilities, and share successes regarding the implementation of Assistive Technology to accommodate individual challenges.  Janet Fiore is a national authority on disability, diversity & compliance policy and procedure for business.  She is an award winning speaker and consultative trainer who routinely provides media input.  Fiore has given testimony for Congress, the GSA and the Department of Veterans Affairs.  She is an appointee to the Wolf administration where she serves as an advisor to the Governor Council on Diversity, Inclusion & Small Business opportunities.  This session was not recorded.

 

  • June 13, 2017- MEETING STRATEGIC BUSINESS NEEDS AT UPS- The development of the Coalition for Workforce Diversity and the partnership at UPS- Worldport Transitional Learning Center (TLC) in Kentucky have resulted in the employment of nearly 200 people at one of the world's largest package handling facilities. Presenters, Willie Byrd and Phil Donahue, discussed 1) how the TLC was developed and operates; 2) the strength of the partnership between UPS and the lead partner- Options Unlimited, and 3) the cooperation between service providers in the region that has led to over 400 people obtaining jobs.

  • July 11, 2017-ADA BASICS- HANDLING SPECIFIC SITUATIONS- Stacy Kyle led attendees through specific questions/scenarios laid out in a polling question format. Much dialogue surrounded many of the questions.

  • August 8, 2017- Disability in America-  The development of the Coalition for Workforce Diversity and the partnership at UPS- Worldport Transitional Learning Center (TLC) in Kentucky have resulted in the employment of nearly 200 people at one of the world's largest package handling facilities. Presenters, Willie Byrd and Phil Donahue, discussed 1) how the TLC was developed and operates; 2) the strength of the partnership between UPS and the lead partner- Options Unlimited, and 3) the cooperation between service providers in the region that has led to over 400 people obtaining jobs.

  • October 10, 2017-Accessible Meetings Basics-  Every event planner seeks to make their meetings, small or large, accessible to people with disabilities. Knowing the steps to take can be a challenge, in part because meeting these needs can be complex. Additionally there has been a lack of resources on the topic. Presenter Sarah Galbraith Laucks has been planning accessible meetings since 1993. She reviewed several key basics to consider when it comes to planning accessible meetings. She’ll also share a new online national resource that will help you with current and future questions about making your meetings accessible. Finally Sarah will talk about access for all steps you can take that will ensure greater and more meaningful participation for all event attendees, not just those with prominent disabilities. Sarah is an experienced professional in the hospitality, event production, and marketing industries. Her childhood best friend Babs had intellectual disabilities and started her on the road to planning events for people with disabilities, something she’s done since 1993. Her professional experience includes hospitality, marketing, speaker representation, meeting management, and speaker representation. She is currently the education director for Abilities Expo, the leading consumer event for people with disabilities. She oversees programming for eight Abilities Expo events each year in the USA and Canada. Sarah earned her Bachelors of Science in Education summa cum laude from Susquehanna University. In her "spare" time Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and pursuing her passions – Lego’s, movies, horses, and her hobby nutrition and wellness blog.

  • November 14, 2017-NEOVETS- Connecting Military Families to Resources and the Workforce- Attendees learned more about NEOVETS (https://NEOVETS.org ), a resource for veterans, military families and businesses. Our presenter was Bryan McGown, Chairman of the Board of Directors for NEOVETS, Inc.. Attendees learned about this organization’s success and structure within Ohio and the benefits it maybe able to bring to those outside of Ohio. NEOVETS is the leading organization in Northeast Ohio connecting military families to best-in-class employers, educators and service providers, and providing training and certification for employers and recruiting professionals. This organization is the result of a community collaborative that began in 2013 when the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Red Cross convened several conceptual, and strategic planning sessions to identify the needs of military families and businesses throughout a 22-county region of northeast Ohio. 

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