Employment for People with Physical Disabilities: The ADA & Section 503
Legislation in America requires employers to offer equal employment opportunities to people with disabilities. However, it is difficult to legislate change or to mandate that employers temper long-held bias against job-seekers with disabilities. With a target audience of individuals with physical disabilities, this session will review the opportunities that legislation such as the ADA and Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act offer to job-seekers, what they require of employers, and how you can maximize your opportunities as you seek to gain or maintain employment. We will discuss how best to present your skills to employers, disability disclosure and self-identification, and how best to seek an accommodation at work.
Presenter: Wendy Strobel-Gower, M.S. is the Director of the Northeast ADA Center. She holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Ms. Strobel has worked extensively in the application and training of issues around assistive technology in work and school environments. She also has a great deal of experience in the area of employment and transition from school to work for people with disabilities. Other areas of interest include person centered planning philosophy and tools, disability legislation and its impact on services, and the identification and accommodation of the functional limitations of disabilities across the lifespan.