You're invited! ACL's National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration

October 26, 2017

Next Wednesday, ACL will close National Disability Employment Awareness Month with a with a panel discussion spotlighting employment achievements of professional baseball players with disabilities.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017 at 2 p.m.

Where: Barbara Jordan Conference Center, 1330 G Street NW in Washington, DC (near Metro Center). At this time, the event is in-person only. We are working on a livestreaming option, and will share those details if we are able to offer that option.  

RSVP: Space is limited, so please RSVP soon!

ACL Administrator Lance Robertson and Jennifer Sheehy, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Office on Disability Employment Policy at the Department of Labor, will speak and jointly moderate a panel that includes:

  • Curtis Pride and Jim Eisenreich, former baseball players with disabilities

  • Mark O’Neal, PBATS President and Director of Athletic Training for the Chicago Cubs

  • Mark Odum, Vice President at HeiTech Services, Inc. and project director for NIDILRR’s National Rehabilitation Information Center

  • Vicki Brooke, Director of Training and Employment Services at Virginia Commonwealth University – Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Workplace Supports

Discussion topics will include players’ experiences with accommodations, obstacles (and how they overcame them), mentors, and the like; how employers and industries can become more inclusive – and what they’re missing by excluding people with disabilities; and the importance of challenging misconceptions.  

We hope you can join us as we celebrate baseball’s rich history of promoting disability inclusion, challenge assumptions about the limitations of people with disabilities, and talk about how we can increase expectations and eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities.

Together, we can make sure talent isn’t left sitting on the bench! 

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Last modified on 10/27/2017

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