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White Cane Safety Day – 2018

Thelisa LavergneCornelius BookerOctober is National Disability Awareness month. During the month of October there are many events and occasions that are celebrated to highlight the skills, capabilities and most importantly independence of people with disabilities. One of the most celebratory events taken place every October is the White Cane Safety Day. Continue reading ‘White Cane Safety Day – 2018’

National Disability Employment and Awareness Month (NDEAM)

David SpearsThe month of October is a time to recognize and celebrate how workers with a disability add to the strong and inclusive labor force here in America. NDEAM has been celebrated for more than 70 years and continues to be a driving force to the value of inclusion and disability awareness. This year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All” which hints at how inclusion empowers the workforce and individuals as well. Continue reading ‘National Disability Employment and Awareness Month (NDEAM)’

Accessible Interview

David SpearsA long, long time ago…before the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and shortly after I graduated college, I applied for a position and was contacted for an interview. As was my habit, I drove around the building looking for wheelchair access because usually ramps were located in the back of buildings where deliveries were received. In this case there were no ramps at the building, which surprised me because the building was about 5 stories high. Continue reading ‘Accessible Interview’

Spring into Action

David SpearsSpring is my favorite time of year because there are signs all around that illustrate new beginnings. The phrase “new beginnings” sounds redundant, but really is not because life often gives us the opportunity to begin again from where we were previously. Flowers that died over the winter begin blooming again, grass that turned brown is turning green again, leaves that fell last autumn are showing up again, and the Houston Astros will win the World Series…again! Continue reading ‘Spring into Action’

Can you Identify?

bobicookIn my role as Equal Opportunity Officer for Workforce Solutions, I frequently create and conduct trainings related to diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity. I spend hours doing research and investigating best practices. This role has offered me the opportunity to counsel staff on how to go about requesting accommodations, offer direction to employers on how to work through the interactive process when responding to accommodation requests, and follow up with individuals to determine whether provided accommodations are working for them. I have been able to partner with organizations and participate in events dedicated to enhancing the employment opportunities available to individuals with disabilities. Continue reading ‘Can you Identify?’

Diversity and Inclusion: Good Business Model

Cornelius BookerHouston is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the United States, so it’s vital for companies in the Gulf Coast area to recognize the importance of having a culture of diversity and inclusion. I recently read a great book about diversity called That’s BS [Bias Synapse] by Risha Grant. It talks about how individual biases, which were developed over a span of their life, creates the beliefs people have about a particular culture, group or religion. Continue reading ‘Diversity and Inclusion: Good Business Model’

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

Cornelius BookerFor more than 70 years, Americans have celebrated the inclusion of people with disabilities as a valuable asset to the workforce during the month of October which is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). This year’s theme for NDEAM is “Inclusion Drives Innovation” as Americans reflect on the important role that different perspectives play in workforce success. Continue reading ‘National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)’