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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. 

Eligible faculty and staff members may earn up to 150 Well Canes Incentive Points for attending one Disabilities in the Workplace Awareness Month session, or 50 Well Canes Points by attending at least two sessions.
This session was great! As a trainer for the department, I provide presentations and I really enjoyed learning how I can support an inclusive environment for people with disabilities.

Event Recaps


Bring awareness to all abilities

Oct. 6, 10 a.m.

Join Diane Adreon, Ed.D., division director, transition & adult programs for 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. 

Oct. 11, 10 a.m.

Learn about Myths & Truths Surrounding the Disability Community with 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, a manager of Social Services at the Mailman Center for Child Development. 

Oct. 12, 11 a.m.

Join Savoy Smith III, Manager of Employee Accommodations for the University, for an insightful overview of reasonable accommodations in the workplace under the ADA. You'll gain a greater understanding of your role in creating an inclusive environment for people with disabilities. 

Oct. 13, 2 p.m.

Explore Office 365 Accessibility Tools, with a focus on Microsoft 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.

Oct. 18, 10 a.m.

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. Housed within the facility, Jackson Health Systems care providers work alongside UHealth clinicians to deliver rehabilitation services considered among the best in the nation. Concurrently, researchersdriven by the proven expertise of The Miami Projectwork alongside clinical care to optimize and advance existing treatments and discover tomorrow’s medicine.This one-hour tour welcomes all mobility levels. Most of the tour will be inside clinical and research buildings. As a result, all participantsare required to wear a maskwhile indoors.

Oct. 25, 1:30 p.m.

Join your colleagues for a lively and informative conversation on disability awareness and inclusion. Panelists will reveal what it’s like to navigate spaces with a disability and share practical advice on how to create a workplace that welcomes people with all abilities so everyone can contribute their best.

Oct. 27, 4 p.m.

Celebrate the first anniversary since the launch of the Disability Network Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG). Meet members, and learn how to get involved and support disability inclusion. The Disability Network Alliance welcomes those with visible disabilities, those with invisible disabilities, and their friends and allies.