Disability Awareness in the Workplace

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Be Committed to Inclusion

At the University of Miami, we are fortunate to be part of an incredibly diverse community. Collectively we strive to create a supportive environment where our unique abilities come together to transform lives and create an inclusive culture of belonging. 

October is Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month at UM. Join your colleagues at a variety of live events to learn more about the resources available at UM and how you can support an inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

Earn up to 75 Well Canes points for attending one session with a maximum of up to 150 points for attending Inclusion Programs offered by HR Office of Workplace Equity and Inclusion.

Barriers can be broken no matter the disability, and we can all help.

2023 Event Recaps

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Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology (FAAST) is Florida’s FREE assistive technology (AT) program. Assistive Services are any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in selecting, acquiring, or using an assistive technology device. Join this session to gain awareness of accessibility resources available through FAAST and a better understanding of the benefits.
During this session, we will explore Office 365 Accessibility Tools, with a focus on MS Teams, designed to meet the needs of people around the globe with different abilities. Representatives from Microsoft Corporation along with UM Microsoft experts will show us how to utilize Microsoft Office’s built-in accessibility tools to create inclusive and accessible content for people with vision, hearing, cognition, and mobility impairments.

Facilitated by Diane Adreon, Ed.D., division director, transition & adult programs for the University of Miami Nova Southeastern Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD), this session will share expert insights and guidance regarding Autism in the workplace and resources available through UM-NSU CARD.

Join the conversation with leaders who succeeded in implementing sustainable disability inclusive hiring practices by addressing seen and unseen barriers to employment. The results are an environment where diverse abilities are welcome and can thrive.

This session will be facilitated by Shelly Baer, LCSW and director of Leadership Training Initiatives at the Mailman Center for Child Development, Jairo Arana, clinical program coordinator at the Mailman Center for Child Development and graduate of the LEND (Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities) self-advocate program, and Joanne Palenzuela, Manager, Social Services at the Mailman Center for Child Development. Together they will share their insights, challenge assumptions, and guide you through an engaging and thought-provoking discussion.

During this session, Savoy Smith III, Manager Employee Accommodations for the University will provide a general overview of reasonable accommodations in the workplace under the ADA.



The Disability Network Alliance Employee Resource Group was established in 2021 and welcomes all abilities to join the conversation on disability inclusion. Attendees will hear an update on the group’s accomplishments over the past year and have the opportunity to contribute observations and recommendations on what can be done to enhance and support a culture of belonging for people with disabilities.
Although disabilities are common, many tangible and intangible barriers to healthcare persist for people with disabilities. Join Ashley Falcon Ph.D. M.P.H., Associate Professor of Clinical at University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies, for an informative conversation on the culture of health and well-being within the healthcare setting for people with disabilities.

The Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis is a state-of-the-art, 250,000-square-foot, 72-bed rehabilitation hospital with adult and pediatric inpatient and outpatient services. You’ll be guided by David McMillan a Research Assistant Professor at the Miller School of Medicine’s Department of Neurological Surgery, and the Director of Education and Outreach at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. This one-hour tour welcomes all mobility levels and all participants are required to wear a mask while indoors.
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Bring awareness to all abilities

2022 Event Recaps

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