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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)’

Deaf-Blindness Awareness Week

David SpearsWe all have important roles to play in building the Texas of tomorrow. Therefore, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby proclaim June 25-30, 2017, to be Helen Keller Deaf-Blindness Awareness Week in Texas, and urge the appropriate recognition whereof. In official recognition whereof, I hereby affix my signature this the 6th day of June, 2017. — Office of the Governor Continue reading ‘Deaf-Blindness Awareness Week’

Web Accessibility: Auditory

David SpearsBack “in the day” the Internet was primarily used for the sharing of text only and perhaps a graph or two among collegiate professionals. Since its introduction to the public it has grown to include a variety of different styles of text, images and audio. In fact, I watched a short weather report from a local news station on the Internet just this morning before work. So with all the many new advancements in technology, how can we be sure the audio portion is accessible to folks who are hard of hearing or deaf? Continue reading ‘Web Accessibility: Auditory’

Web Accessibility

David SpearsAccessible Internet Links
Links, or technically hyperlinks, are simply a group of words or symbols that represent a web page that you can access simply by clicking. For instance, to read the most recent blog on you can click on this hyperlink Web Accessibility: Document Structure and jump on over. Continue reading ‘Web Accessibility’

Web Accessibility

David SpearsAlternative Text
With all the new and exciting advancements in technology we’ve seen in the past few years, it may seem odd that computers still cannot describe what an image is without certain HTML coding or an “alternative” way. That is where alternative text comes into play. Alternative text is a method Continue reading ‘Web Accessibility’