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Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities

06/05/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/05/2021 06:26

Disability Employment Awareness Series

Join TCDD and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service for a series of Disability Employment Awareness panels to discuss the latest resources and best practices for inclusive hiring and workplace culture.

People with disabilities make up one of the largest diversified groups in the workplace. In 2018, approximately 34.9% of adults with disabilities in the U. S. were employed. For many adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Texas, seeking employment can be difficult. As labor shortages increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this untapped labor pool can serve as a valuable recruitment resource for employers. There is a need to address the significant challenges and barriers and move toward IDD employment awareness and preparedness.

Self-Advocates Panel
June 15, 2021
10 AM to 11:30 AM

Register for the Self-Advocates Panel

This panel will highlight self-advocates (people with disabilities) from across the state. Panel discussions will cover:

  • each self-advocate's journey to employment;
  • resources for job seekers;
  • professional development and training opportunities; and
  • challenges/barriers in the workplace.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided for this webinar series. If you require additional accommodations to participate, please contact Morgan Bradley at [email protected] at least four days prior to the event.

Employer Panel
June 17, 2021
10 AM to 11:30 AM
Register for the Employer Panel

This panel will highlight employers from across the state. Panel discussions will cover:

  • best practices for hiring people with IDD;
  • understanding and meeting the needs of employees with IDD;
  • understanding the benefits of an inclusive working environment;
  • expectations, challenges, and keys to success for employees with IDD; and
  • accommodations and legal issues.

Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) will be provided for this webinar series. If you require additional accommodations to participate, please contact Morgan Bradley at [email protected] at least four days prior to the event.