×

Learn the HOW of disability inclusion at the

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month 

Weekly virtual lunch-and-learn webinars will teach tools and strategies to build disability inclusion into the structure of your organization:

  • How To Prepare Your Self-ID Campaign: Strategies for Reaching Your Inclusion Goals
  • How To Accommodate in a Post-COVID World: New Information, New Disabilities, New Technology and a New Way of Working
  • How To Recruit in the Digital Age: The Challenges and Opportunities of AI and Virtual Interviewing for Disability and Neuro Inclusion

Jumpstart your HOW with the in-person DEIA Lab on the final Wednesday of the month to put your new knowledge into practice.

Virtual session only (3 sessions) tickets are available for attendees unable to attend the in-person DEIA Lab.

2022 WWDS Sessions

You know the "why" of disability inclusion at work — increased innovation, more agile teams, products that work better for all of your customers.

This National Disability Employment Awareness Month, dive into the "how" with the experts at Starkloff Disability Institute during our 9th annual Workforce, Workplace Disability Summit.

caret-down caret-up caret-left caret-right
How To Prepare Your Self-ID Campaign: Strategies for Reaching Your Inclusion Goals

Oct. 5 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT on Zoom

Since 2014, federal contractors and subcontractors have been required to set a workforce goal of seven percent employees with disabilities across all job groups. Unfortunately, despite evidence that people with disabilities may make up to as much as one-third of the workforce, the average voluntary self-ID rate is only 3.5%.

Fear of being fired, not hired, denied promotions, having their abilities misjudged, or simply not wanting to be recognized as disabled are among the reasons employees with disabilities decide not to self-identify. This workshop will discuss strategies and hard lessons learned about self-ID campaigns from Starkloff Disability Institute and Mercy Healthcare.

Approved for 1 SHRM CEU

Marisa Hiatt, Director of Disability Inclusion, Mercy Jason Hartsfield, Lead Disability Inclusion Consultant, SDI
How to Accommodate in a Post-COVID World: New Information, New Disabilities, New Technology and a New Way of Working

Oct. 12 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT on Zoom

COVID-19 laid bare the many inequalities in access to employment and healthcare in the St. Louis area. Two and a half years later, many hard lessons have been learned. Companies are now dealing with new technologies, new types of disabilities, and a new way of thinking about work.

Frontline experts will discuss how COVID changed the way companies interact with disabled employees and what work still needs to be done.

Approved for 1 SHRM CEU

Serena Muhammad, Director of St. Louis Regional Response Task Force; Walé Soluade, Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Centene Corporation; Dr. Karen Loaiza, Clinical Psychologist
How To Recruit in the Digital Age: The Challenges and Opportunities of AI and Virtual Interviewing for Disability and Neuro Inclusion

Oct. 19 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CDT on Zoom 

A record number of Americans will retire in 2022. Meanwhile, American businesses posted over 11.5 million open positions in March. Demand for talent is higher than it has ever been, and companies are increasingly turning to artificial intelligence (AI) to solve their hiring needs.

But AI is a two-edged sword. Tools that can make the hiring process faster and more efficient also have the potential to suppress or magnify biases against people with disabilities or neurodivergent people. Learn from the experience of organizations using AI and automated interviewing when assessing neurodivergent candidates and candidates with disabilities.

Approved for 1 SHRM CEU

Tracy Powell-Rudy, VP of Corporate Engagement, Integrate Advisors; Dr. Colin Willis, Senior I/O Psychologist, HireVue
The DEIA Lab In-Person Skills Session and Networking Event

Oct. 26 | 1:00 - 6:30 p.m. CDT at the Mercy Virtual Care Center in St. Louis, MO

Put your new knowledge into practice at the in-person DEIA Lab:

  • Workshops with Disability & HR experts in real-world scenarios
  • Interactive exercises with disabled professionals
  • Make connections during the Accessible Networking Happy Hour
  • Approved for 2.75 SHRM CEUs

The DEIA Lab begins with check-in at 1:30 p.m. Central and concludes with an accessible networking happy hour from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

Thank you to Mercy for hosting us again at their Mercy Virtual Care Center at 15740 S Outer Forty Rd, Chesterfield, MO 63017 for our in-person DEIA Lab!

Virtual Session Info: We will send the Zoom link for the Wednesday lunchtime webinars the day before each session. The 1 hour webinars will be Wednesday, October 5, 12, and 19, at noon central. We will send a private link to each recording within 48 hours in case you are unable to attend live. If you are experiencing any tech issues during the sessions or cannot locate your Zoom link, please email Anna, our Virtual Classroom Coordinator, at aalexander@starkloff.org.

In-Person DEIA Lab Info: On Wednesday, October 26, we will host you in-person at the Mercy Virtual Care Center (15740 S Outer Forty Rd, Chesterfield MO 63017) for an afternoon of hands-on practice to build disability inclusion into the fabric of your organization. The DEIA Lab begins with check-in at 1:00 p.m. Central and concludes with an accessible networking happy hour from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

 

THANK YOU

The Workforce, Workplace Disability Summit is brought to you by our partners who value disability inclusion:

Accessibility Sponsor - BioSTL; Barrier-Free Sponsors - Cigna and NestlePurina; Opportunity Sponsors - Amazon, BJC HealthCare, Cortex, Enterprise Holdings, Greater St. Louis Inc., UMSL Success, World Wide Technology; Community Supporters: GadellNet, Greensfelder, Lighthouse for the Blind St. Louis; Host Partner- Mercy; presented in partnership with Greater St. Louis SHRM

For more information contact Scott Thompson at 314-860-3077 or sthompson@starkloff.org.

Take Action Now: NDEAM Resources

Tools to help you welcome people with disabilities at work

31 Days of NDEAM

Activities to build disability inclusion each day during National Disability Employment Awareness Month

Workplace Disability Etiquette

Quick and efficient guidelines for welcoming colleagues and clients

Ally Action Steps

Actionable tips to advance disability inclusion in your workplace

Build Your Knowledge

Learn from experts with on-demand sessions from WWDS 2021 and WWDS 2020

Spread the Word

Let your community know disability inclusion matters to you #NDEAM *sample social media and blog posts coming soon*

Celebrate Disability Pride

Learn about disability beyond the workplace with a book, movie, or podcast created by disabled people

Communication 101

Review the basics around disability and why your language matters

Professionals at Work

Disabled professionals share their stories of workplace inclusion

Show Disability Pride during NDEAM! Check out our Bonfire store to see all of the designs and help build inclusion where we live, learn, work, and play.

Shirt with St. Louis Disability Pride flag, Diversity includes Disability, and a tote reading Disability isn't a dirty word
Get Involved
Footer Volunteer
Volunteer Almost weekly, we’re looking for volunteers that are actively working in a professional setting to help educate, advise or partner as part of our adult and youth candidate programs.
Contact Form