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National Disability Employment Awareness Month Webinars in October

Ndeam 2021October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), and the Office of Equity and Access and the Disability Working Group are hosting weekly webinars throughout October to provide information to faculty and staff about Stony Brook University policy on accommodations, accessibility and recruitment, and to provide tools for managing stress and creating a healthy work lifestyle.

All of the sessions are on Thursdays at 1 p.m., and will be available via zoom to provide broad access to faculty and staff. Register for the sessions at the OEA website.

The theme for NDEAM 2021, “America’s Recovery: Powered by Inclusion,” reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The schedule:

Accommodation Requests & Returning to the Workplace
Thursday, October 7, 1 p.m.
The when, why and how of accommodation requests highlighting issues resulting from the current COVID-19 crisis.  Participants will learn the legal foundations of accommodations under the ADA, how Stony Brook handles requests, manages ongoing accommodations and best practices for supervisors.

Healthier U. Mindfulness
Thursday October 14, 1 p.m.
People of all ages and walks of life have discovered the life-changing benefits of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Research shows that individuals who regularly practice mindfulness have decreased anxiety and depression, improved cognitive function, improved immune system function, decreased blood pressure and migraine frequency, reduced systemic inflammation, and improved coping with pain and illness.  This session will provide an introduction to the practice.

Inclusive Recruitment & Hiring: People with Disabilities
Thursday, October 21, 1 p.m.
This session will cover how to engage in an inclusive hiring process, from the writing of a job description through the interview process, with a focus on a process that is inclusive, accessible to and targets increasing the applicant pool from persons with disabilities. Provide additional resources and tools to help build an inclusive workplace culture that is welcoming of people with disabilities.

Healthier U. Chair Yoga
Thursday October 28, 1 p.m.
Chair yoga is a form of yoga done while sitting or standing and using a chair for support. Chair yoga can improve flexibility, concentration, strength and mood.

Digital Accessibility: Hands-On With Your Own Content
Friday, October 29, 1 p.m.
Bring your content and join us for a hands-on session to improve the accessibility of your Office or Google Apps documents. This session will cover strategies to ensure the entire campus community is able to engage with your digital content. Participants will learn to define accessible content, identify and remove barriers posed by inaccessible content, use common tools to test accessibility (while understanding their limitations) and locate additional accessibility resources on campus.

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