Disability Awareness: What is Disability & Why it Matters to Business (1 hour)

This informative workshop examines current disability statistics, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) definitions, and the value proposition for employing individuals with disabilities. Together, participants collaborate and document the positive impact including individuals with disabilities in your specific organization’s recruitment and workforce development strategies has on your staff, customers, suppliers, and the community.

Using mini-lecture, a small group interactive exercise and videos, participants will be able to:

  • Challenge a personal misconception that surrounds persons with disabilities and employment.
  • Define disability and identify at least 3 benefits to including persons with disabilities in the workplace.
  • Share at least one disability statistic and one promising practice of leading employers.


“I didn’t realize the sheer volume of people that would be classified as having a disability. It made me realize there are way more family/friends that fall into the category and the importance of ensuring our programs are accessible and that our hiring practices are equitable towards those who do have disabilities.”

“For an hour-long training, I learned a lot more than I would have expected.”

“I liked the content (versatile and comprehensive, yet not too much); the presentation style; and the additional information to read up on.”

“The videos showed during the training really brought home the points being discussed. The statement that we need to look at people for what they CAN do and not what they can’t do.”

“Seeing how many people with disabilities would really prefer to be working and how it helps them with their self-worth. Also that so many people with disabilities may have talents that you are not aware of.”

“As a parent of a child with disabilities, I am proud to work for a company that is promoting this information and embracing this topic.”

“You are a resource that has curated excellent content to help us. Thank you!!”

“Great start to the conversation. I wish we had more time to cover even more. We should have more of these!” – Elastic employee

“I appreciate the interactive quality of the training. Keeps participants engaged.”