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USDA TARGET Center Commemorates the Contributions of Individuals with Disabilities at USDA and America's Workplaces

America's Recovery Powered By Inclusion National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2021, map of the United States with people of all abilities and backgrounds

During October 2021, join the USDA TARGET Center's accessibility experts, ergonomics experts and trusted partners for the 2021 National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) virtual event in Washington, DC. The USDA TARGET Center is USDA's accessibility center of excellence, established over 27 years ago to support employees with accessible and innovative technology solutions for disability-related and ergonomic concerns.

The NDEAM month-long event commemorates the many and varied contributions of individuals with disabilities to America’s workplaces.

This year's NDEAM theme is “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion”.

To reach the vision of a fully diverse, equitable, inclusive, accessible and innovative workplace, all employees have an important role to play. This year, leading disability professionals have partnered with the USDA TARGET Center to virtually engage with event participants to develop an understanding of disability‑related initiatives, current trends and new technology that support employees, their colleagues, customers, families, and friends.

 

2021 NDEAM Individual Sessions

Registration is open for individual sessions and it is limited. Click to view more details about each session and register to reserve your seat.

 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Developing Inner and Outer Resilience: At Work and at Home (Adaptive Yoga)
Matthew Sanford, Founder, Mind Body Solutions

 

Thursday, October 7, 2021

12:00 PM  - 1:00 PM EST
Digital Inclusiveness
JT Doolittle, TPGi

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace – Part 1
Bobby Whittington, USDA Office of Human Resource Management

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 1
AJ Link, JD, Co-Founder, National Disabled Law Students Association

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Reclaiming Disability
Melissa Yingst

 

Thursday, October 14, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Vispero 504 Accommodation for the Remote Worker
Jerry Marindin, Vispero

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Are You Providing Enough Accessibility?
Maggie Alexandra​​, Automatic Sync Technologies

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 2
Theresa Haskins, Ed.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Southern California; President, Haskins Consulting for Workplace Diversity

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace – Part 2
Bobby Whittington, USDA Office of Human Resource Management

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Living in More Spaces (Adaptive Yoga)
Matthew Sanford, Founder, Mind Body Solutions

 

Thursday, October 21, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Humanscale’s Work from Home Tips and Solutions
Stephen DiCarlo, Humanscale

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
The Benefits and Power of Meditation
Carmen Gonzalez Reid, Office Images, Inc

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Neurodiversity at the Workplace – Part 3
Joseph Riddle, Director, Neurodiversity in the Workplace

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
Tactile the World: A DeafBlind Woman’s Journey
Christine Roschaert

 

Thursday, October 28, 2021

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Ergonomics and Wellbeing: Optimizing your Comfort Regardless of Your “Situation”
Kevin Butler, MS, CPE, Fitwel Amb., Certified Professional Ergonomist, President, Office Ergonomics Research Council
Carolyn Ward, Steelcase