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Concurrent Session
The Illusion of Inclusion: Disability in Your Workforce, Workplace and Marketplace
In-Person and Virtual Monday 10/30/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   Add to calendar
Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral), People (Technical) | Intended Audience: Intermediate (Fostering DEI)
Workplace Application:
This session will help participants understand how to successfully and sustainably mainstream individuals with disabilities in their workplace. 

In-person session offerings are on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited.

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The illusion of inclusion happens when a company believes their messaging, standards and/or practices around issues of disability adequately and appropriately address disability when in reality, it marginalizes the issues further. Employing people with disabilities does not guarantee that you understand how to ensure success for them or for the company. It requires an understanding of, and commitment to the cross-functional issues, opportunities and best practices of this work.  Creating a disability-inclusive environment is complex. This session will help you understand, simplify and manage the complexity.

Learning Objectives:

As a result of attending this session, attendees will leave with an understanding of:

  • Organizational Readiness for Disability Inclusion - What it is, why it is needed and how to go about getting it.
  • Disability-related practices that marginalize when the intent is to include.
  • Implicit Bias and Disability - What it looks like and its impact in the workplace.

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All virtual sessions inherently run the risk of audio or visual issues due to factors out of our control. If any technical difficulties arise, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to resolve it. All virtual sessions, unless marked as "LIVE ONLY" or "VIRTUAL LIVE ONLY", are recorded and will be available to view on demand until December 1, 2023.

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Nadine O. Vogel, CEO,
Springboard Consulting, LLC