DI-NC is offering a series of virtual training events via the DI-NC Employer Virtual Forum (EVF) to better support the needs of businesses interested in hiring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities ( I/DD), and Self Advocates seeking more inclusive employment opportunities.
- August 10: Dispelling Myths About Hiring Individuals With I/DD Via Cultural Transformation – Identifying and hiring talent with intellectual and developmental disabilities can be wrought with myths. In this session, we will unpack these myths, to see beyond the perceived challenges and connect with the talent people with I/DD have to offer. We will also explore ways to support disability inclusion, address potential team dynamics, and offer approaches to enhance inclusion of employees with I/DD, through cultural shifts that serve everybody.
- August 17: Addressing Legal Questions Around Recruiting and Hiring Individuals with I/DD – In this session, we will unpack potential barriers to the successful recruitment and hiring of people with I/DD, from crafting role descriptions through interviewing, and offer practical solutions to ensure that processes are built to minimize unintended barriers. We will also dive into strategies for promoting self-identification and disclosure amongst existing employees and new hires alike.
- August 24: Customized Integrated Employment : A Comprehensive Overview - Customized Integrated Employment is the deepest and most comprehensive way to bring forth the unique talents and abilities of employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). This session will explore what Customized Integrated Employment is. This session will also address strategies for building effective partnerships with North Carolina Division of Vocational Rehabilitation ( NC DVR) and other state agencies and employment organizations.
- August 31: Providing Reasonable Accommodations: A Deep Dive - Providing “reasonable accommodations” can seem intimidating to many small and medium-size and even large businesses. In this session we will explore how reasonable accommodations work, what a variety of accommodations (including assistive technology) can look like, and how employers can best support employees and candidates in the accommodations process.
The training series is offered at no cost. All training sessions begin at 11:00am and end at 12:00 noon.
The DI-NC Employer Virtual Forum is in partnership with the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities.