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Creating Inclusive Higher Education Work Environments for People with Mental Health Disabilities

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT, September 14, 2017   |   Organized by: EARN


Date/Time: September 14, 2017 from 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Webinar

Description: In higher education, as in all industries, workplace policies and practices that foster employment success for people with mental health conditions are actually sound management practices that benefit all workers, and by extension, their employers. Indeed, many of the same supports that help people with mental health disabilities thrive at work—such as employee assistance programs, health coverage, flexible work arrangements and reasonable accommodations—are common sense strategies that help employees in a college or university environment give their all, whether in a classroom, lab or office. What’s more creating a more welcoming environment where people with mental health conditions feel safe to self-identify as people with disabilities may help advance a higher education institution’s overall disability inclusion goals.

In this webinar, participants will learn about effective approaches for providing employees with mental health conditions what they need to perform their best on the job and raise awareness across their institutions about the importance of adopting an inclusive work culture that fosters mental health and well being.

This webinar will be live captioned. In addition, a captioned recording of the webinar, as well as copies of the presentation slides, will be archived and available on the week following the webinar.

This event is approved for 1 HR general recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).


Brett Sheats

National Project Director, EARN

Nancy Aebersold

HERC Founder and Executive Director

Melanie Whetzel

Lead Consultant, Cognitive/Neurological Team, Job Accommodation Network

Kristen Abell

Web Manager in Strategic Marketing and Communications at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Co-founder of The Committed Project

Tom Ruggieri

Coordinator of University of Maryland Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP), University of Maryland