10th Annual Disability Employment Awareness Conference and Training
Thursday, October 17, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (PDT)
Please note conference is not full and walk-ins will be welcomed at the door as space allows.
October is National Disability Awareness Month and in celebration, Alameda County will be presenting its 10th Annual Alameda CountyDisability Employment Awareness Conference and Training.
Entertainment: Children in Flight Drum Group
Video Welcome Comments by Tara Bedeau,former Assistant Diversity Programs Manager
Dominique Burton - Assistant Manager, Diversity Program Unit
Susan Muranishi - Alameda County Administrator
Theresa Woo, Dept of Rehabilitation Staff Services Manager-DOS
Phyllis Cheng, DFEH Director
Introduction: Donna Ziegler, County Counsel
|10:30-11:30||Executive Team Briefing|
Session 1 (see below for the session details)
Track A - Veterans & Disabilities in the Workplace
Track B - EEO Intersectionality Issues
Track C - Cultural Competency & Disabilities Awareness Best Practices
Montage . Networking
Entertainment: The Axis Dance Troupe
Closing Remarks: Judith Smith, Executive Director,The Axis Dance Troupe
Jessica Cox, Motiviational Speaker
**DISCLAIMER**Video photography of Jessica Cox's presentation are both prohibited without written consent from Jessica Cox Motivational Services. The display and sale of Jessica Cox Motivational Services products will be available during the keynote address hour and Jessica Cox herself will be available after her presentation.
Introduction: Mary Welch, Interim Director HRS
Session 2 (see below for the session descriptions)
Track A - Creative Partnerships for Disability Inclusion
Track B - The Interactive Process/ Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation
Track C - The Public Sector Case for Disabilities Inclusion
Session 3 (see below for the session descriptions)
Track A - Visible, Invisible & New Disabilities;
Track B - Jeopardy: Disability Management Essentials
Track C - Responsive Strategies to Unconscious Bias
Closing Ceremonies & Reception
Sal Morales - Manager, Diversity Programs Unit
Donna Linton - Asst. Alameda County Administrator
|Track A - Emerging Issues & Innovation|
|Track B - FEHA, ADA & EEO Compliance|
|Track C - Engagement of Diversity & Inclusion|
10:35-11:50a Sessions Choose from 1 of these 3 when Registering
Veterans and Disabilities in the Workplace
U.S. veterans encounter a range of challenges when they return from deployment and undertake the process of reintegrating into civilian life. Their unemployment rates substantially exceed the national average and as a result, many become homeless. Some struggle with physical and/or mental disabilities, such as orthopedic injuries and post- traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This session will explore these perplexing realities and provide strategies, programs and best practices designed to facilitate inclusion of our disabled troops into the workplace.
EEO Intersectionality Issues
Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws provide the foundation for inclusive workplaces and particularly for individuals with disabilities.
This workshop will look at issues unique to individuals with disabilities from the lens of EEO analysis, including topics in harassment, discrimination, retaliation prevention, and their intersection with various issues including association theory, generational differences and family responsibilities, and flexible work arrangements.
Cultural Competency & Disabilities Awareness
This workshop will present & discuss the appropriate workplace etiquette which cultivates an environment inclusive of people with disabilities, where diversity thrives and all employees can be more comfortable and productive.
Objectives include identifying & dispel myths, stereotypes, & common misperceptions; learning appropriate disability etiquette, including respectful communication and cultural competencies and understanding the impact of stereotyping on people with disabilities and increase emotional intelligence for interacting with people with disabilities
2:00-3:15p Sessions Choose from 1 of these 3 when Registering
Creative Partnerships for Disability Inclusion
Through cross sector collaborations, creative Diversity and Inclusion initiatives have developed and result in measureable successes. This workshop will identify critical D&I challenges in disabilities inclusion faced by organizations from both sectors as well as the opportunities, initiatives and strategies that can be deployed independently and collaboratively through partnerships in the private, non-profit and public sectors to advance the value, impact and sustainability of D&I in the workplace.
This workshop will instruct in the development of such collaborations knowledge of such cross diversity pipeline resources that assist in recruiting and retaining individuals with disabilities.
The Interactive Process/ Leaves and Reasonable Accommodation
This program provides guidance for supervisors/managers on the relationship between reasonable workplace accommodations and the “interactive dialogue” process and its application within various disability management frameworks.
Objectives include understanding the triggers for, and the six steps of, the "interactive dialogue" and effective reasonable accommodations that would enable employees to perform all essential job functions, how to obtain information about employees' functional capabilities and work-related restrictions, without asking illegal questions that invade rights to medical privacy or genetic information, how to detangle attendance, performance and misconduct issues from disability related limitations, and how to determine when you can discipline for workplace conduct that stems from a disability.
The Public Sector Case for Disabilities Inclusion
This workshop explores the “cases” for the value of and investment in Diversity and Inclusion generally, and their application to Disabilities Inclusion – with a particular focus and emphasis on the public sector and the culture of public service and government protocols.
Outcomes include understanding the rationales for the importance and value of individuals and disabilities in the workplace, as well as understanding the concepts of D&I initiatives, interventions and strategies as related to disabilities.
3:15-4:30p Sessions Choose from 1 of these 3 when Registering
Visible, Invisible & New Disabilities
This workshop will discuss the latest trends and developments in the disabilities in the workplace and overall. It will also review and update theories and developments in the areas of mental, physical, emotional disabilities.
Jeopardy: Disability Management Essentials
This workshop familiarizes supervisors/managers with federal and state disability laws and leaves and how they interact with leaves of absence policies. Attendees will learn best practices in order to improve management and supervisory skills and techniques in disability and leave management as well as reduce liability exposure.
Responsive Strategies to Unconscious Bias and other “Roadblocks”
This workshop will delve deeply into the “roadblocks” to creating and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment, and will discuss the strategies and solutions that would be most responsive to addressing them. Special attention will be provided to unconscious bias and its progeny including stereotyping, micro-messaging, and prejudice as well as their application to individuals with disabilities.
When & Where
County of Alameda, County Administrator's Office - Diversity Programs
Alameda County, California, was established in 1853. It was given the local name for the region, Alameda, which translated loosely as "a grove of poplars." The total population is about 1.5 million. Oakland is the seat of County government and the largest city. Alameda County is known for its diversity and culture and is recognized as one of the best counties in which to live, work, and do business.