Highland to hold disability as diversity presentation

Freeport — Highland Community College’s Department of ADA Services will hold a presentation on disability as diversity on Thursday, June 13 at 3 p.m. in the Marvin Burt-Burt Liberal Arts Center, Room M120. The program is designed to give managers, small business owners, community board members and college employees a vital understanding of the disability world as it applies to the workplace and higher education. Registration will open at 3:00 p.m. with the presentation beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Robin Jones, director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, and Randall Ward, director of Disability Services at Northern Illinois University will present “Disability: Another Form of Diversity and Civil Rights and The Ten Most Commonly Asked Questions regarding the Hiring of People with Disabilities.” The afternoon promises enriching and educational moments, which will bring to light our often subtle discriminatory attitudes toward people with disabilities. We encourage you to come with questions in hand and an open mind.

Refreshments will be served during the registration period and there will be a brief intermission between keynote speakers.

There is no cost to attend this event. Please RSVP by contacting Marcelle Jones at 815-599-3605 or by June 6th, 2013. Please provide your name, contact information, company affiliation, how many individuals will attend, and if accommodations are needed.

Keynote Speakers:

Robin A. Jones, MPA

Robin Jones is the director of the Great Lakes ADA Center and an Instructor in the Department on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her educational background includes degrees in Public Administration and Occupational Therapy. Robin has extensive experiences as a consultant and trainer regarding the barriers to community participation for people with disabilities including access to education, transportation, employment and electronic information. Robin has been actively involved in assisting business, architects and designers, educational institutions, government entities and services providers to understand and meet their obligations under federal disability rights laws and is recognized as a key resource regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 ad related laws.

Randall Ward, MA LPC

Randall Ward is the Acting Director of the Disability Resource Center at Northern Illinois University. Before arriving at NIU in August 2012, he was the Director of the Student Resource Center at Lake Michigan College for 6 years. Prior to starting in Higher Education, Randall spent 20 years in private vocational rehabilitation, performing medical and vocational case management services. In addition, he has been qualified in the Courts as a Vocational Expert. His educational background includes a BS in Education and MA in Guidance Counseling. Randall is also a board member for the National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND). He participated in a three year research project funded by the Department of Education: Project ShIFT: Shaping Inclusion through Foundational Transformation. He has an extensive background in employment and training with a focus on employment and re-employment of persons with disabilities.

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