Friday, September 28, 2012

National Disability Employment Awareness Month events

In observance of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the MGH will host a series of events embracing the theme: “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can You Do?”

“Celebrating this month is important to MGH because of its commitment to a diverse and inclusive workforce,” says Betsy Pillsbury, disability resource coordinator for Partners HealthCare. “While this celebration started on a national level, its true spirit lies in the grassroots movement. The MGH is working to create a welcoming and accessible environment to all of our staff, patients and their families.”

Sponsored by the MGH Council on Disability Awareness, the Employees with Disabilities Resource Group, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Human Resources and the Office of Patient Advocacy, a series of three events will begin with an Oct. 4 lecture, “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: How You Can Make a Difference.” The lecture will discuss internal resources available to employees and share best practices to support employees with disabilities.

On Oct. 11, Zary Amirhosseini, disability program manager, will moderate a panel discussion, “Insights: Lessons We Can Learn from Employees with Disabilities,” in which employees with disabilities will share insights and lessons from their experiences. A screening of the movie, “Lives Worth Living” – chronicling the history of the disabilities movement in the U.S. – will take place Oct. 25.

All three events will be from 2 to 3 pm in the O’Keeffe Auditorium. Employees who attend will receive a gift and are encouraged to pre-register for the sessions in PeopleSoft Self Service under Learning and Development > Request Training Enrollment. Use course code MGH104 for the Oct. 4 session or course code MGH111 for the Oct. 11 session. To request disability related accommodations, contact one week in advance. There will also be an information table in the White Lobby Oct. 17 from 10 am to 2 pm. For more information, email

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