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1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2977

Email: projectecho@uwyo.edu

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ECHO for Employers offers an exciting opportunity for employment professionals to explore disability employment best practices specifically for youth with disabilities. The network will meet to identify strategies for cultivating a pipeline of qualified individuals throughout the state and for all types of industry.

Employing individuals with disabilities and providing work opportunities for youth with disabilities can result in an expanded talent pool, reduced turnover, increased productivity, increased market share, and good public relations.

 

 ECHO for Employers and ACCESS Employment are a partnership between the Wyoming Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. 



Sessions are on Wednesdays, bi-weekly,
9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

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LEARNING TOPICS - SUMMER 2019

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions.*
Registrants will receive session handouts and materials prior to the scheduled meeting time.

May 15

What Do We Know?
Employer Engagement Lessons from the Diversity Partners Project

The Diversity Partners Project, funded to Cornell University by the US Department of Health and Human Services, engaged in a two-year effort to uncover effective employer engagement practices for employment service professionals and organizations. This session shares information gathered by the Diversity Partners Team that became the basis for web-based Frontline and Leadership Toolboxes.

Presenter:
Ellice Switzer, M.A.
Content Development Specialist,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

May 29

Leveraging Systems to Improve Employer Engagement

There are many employer-led efforts designed to increase the employment of people with disabilities. Those employers have identified the business value of an underutilized workforce. This, combined with recent policy changes and incentives has improved the willingness of employers to partner with public and nonprofit organizations to train and refer qualified candidates. This session will explore the nature of both public-private partnerships, and cross-systems efforts between VR, education, nonprofit organizations, and the workforce development system.

Presenter:
Ellice Switzer, M.A.
Content Development Specialist,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

June 12

Recruitment and Hiring

Organizations increasingly recognize the importance of nurturing their human capital and building a strong talent pipeline that assures a continuing supply of qualified and productive employees. This session will highlight several research-based recruitment and hiring practice recommendations to increase disability diversity in the workplace. Research has demonstrated that diverse teams yield better results, by offering fresh perspectives, creativity, and innovation – disability is an important aspect of diversity.

Presenter:
Susanne Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC
Professor of Disability Studies and Director,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

June 26

Career Development and Retention

Disability may intersect with work at any point in the employment cycle, including opportunities for retention and career development. There are many considerations in the ongoing employment of people with disabilities, and those who may develop disabilities over time. This session will discuss investing in professional development for employees with disabilities and ensuring that they are represented at all levels of the organization can lead to a greater sense of inclusion, and assist the organization in meeting its responsibilities for equitable career advancement and retention.

Presenter:
Susanne Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC
Professor of Disability Studies and Director,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

July 10

Accessibility and Accommodation

Creating an accessible environment is important for applicants, employees, and customers with disabilities. Access, in this context, is a broad term that indicates an effort to eliminate barriers that may prevent people with disabilities from fully engaging. These barriers may be physical, technological, or attitudinal. An accessible environment also means people can ask for the things they need to do their job well. This session will discuss how accommodating an employee can lead to greater employee job satisfaction, productivity, and retention, all critical outcomes for employees and employers.

 Presenter:
Susanne Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC
Professor of Disability Studies and Director,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

*Session Registration*

July 24

Diversity and Inclusion

Efforts to include people with disabilities are similar to other workplace diversity initiatives, and the same approaches used to make people from other underrepresented groups feel included, comfortable, and engaged can also be successful in creating a welcoming environment for employees with disabilities. Although formal strategies and policies are vital to successful recruitment and accommodation of people with disabilities, diversity efforts can be made or broken by less tangible elements of organizational culture. This session will discuss how creating an inclusive climate in the workplace has important benefits for organizations. Employee morale is higher, turnover is lower, and mental and physical health are improved.

 Presenter:
Susanne Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC
Professor of Disability Studies and Director,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

*Session Registration*

 August 7

Workplace Disability Inclusion for Neurodiverse Individuals:
Recruitment and Hiring

There are an increasing number of emerging initiatives in technology and technology-intensive industries to actively recruit and hire individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Such business initiatives have significant implications for HR policies and practices. This session will discuss the importance of designing neurodiversity-inclusive recruitment, screening and hiring processes that will heighten the likelihood of attracting these individuals into the organization’s talent pipeline and helping them through the hiring door.

 Presenter:
Susanne Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC
Professor of Disability Studies and Director,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

*Session Registration*

August 21

Workplace Disability Inclusion for Neurodiverse Individuals:
Career Advancement and Retention

Neurodiverse individuals may choose to not disclose in the work environment, nor request accommodations that can maximize their job effectiveness. There are HR policies and practices that can lessen or eliminate the possible barriers in self-disclosure, as well as in the career progression and development processes, and challenges that can arise in performance management. This session will discuss how supervisors are critical to maximize job satisfaction and task/job performance for all employees, including those with ASC, to create a neurodiversity-inclusive workplace climate.

 Presenter:
Susanne Bruyère, Ph.D., CRC
Professor of Disability Studies and Director,
Yang-Tan Institute on Employment & Disability, Cornell University ILR School

*Session Registration*


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