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Olbrich Botanical Gardens
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Accommodating Disabilities in the Workplace and Best Practices in Hiring Disabled Veterans   

Presented by:
  Robin Jones, Great Lakes ADA
  Marcea Weiss, Merendino Cemetery Care

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Olbrich Botanical Gardens


This program has been pre-approved by HRCI for General Credit.

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Presentation Description

In Part I of this program Robin Jones discusses the ongoing struggle employers have in understanding their obligations to provide reasonable accommodations and what it means to their operations. Despite a desire to work, veterans with disabilities remain underrepresented in the work force even though they represent a rich talent pool with proven skills and abilities. Modifying work schedules, providing assistive technology, allowing individuals to do the task differently than everyone else, allowing intermittent leave to address on-going medical/rehabilitation needs, permitting service and emotional support animals in the workplace are just some of the potential accommodations that Veterans with Disabilities may need. Robin will explore some common accommodations utilized to enable returning veterans to perform their job successfully.

Part II of this program offers suggestions for best practices in hiring veterans.  Whether you are just starting to hire military veterans or looking for new ideas to “jump start” your efforts, Marcea Weiss will be sharing why hiring military veterans is great for both business and community.  As a military veteran, hiring manager and the author of a book on this topic, Leaving the Military; Your Deployment Guide to Corporate America, Marcea has seen this challenge from both sides of the table. The efforts of her employer’s best practices in hiring veterans were recognized by Governor Scott Walker and Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary John Scocos during the summer 2012.
• Participants will be able to identify at least 3 disability related limitations experienced by veterans with disabilities re-entering the workforce
• Participants will be able to identify at least 5 reasonable accommodations that may be requested by individuals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Participants will be able to identify at least 5 resources for additional information related to accommodating individuals with disabilities in the workplace with emphasis on veterans with disabilities
• Participants will learn how to help veterans and hiring teams bridge the competency communication gap.
• Participants will learn ways to use their current employee base in order to hire more veterans.
• Participants will discover free resources available in Wisconsin to help find and hire military veterans.

Our Presenters -

Robin Jones, Director of the Great Lakes ADA Center located in the Department on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has extensive experience as a consultant/trainer regarding barriers to community participation for people with disabilities including employment, education, transportation, and electronic information. Robin is actively involved in assisting business and government to meet their obligations under federal disability rights laws and is recognized as a key resource regarding the ADA.




Marcea Weiss is a Branch Manager for Merendino Cemetery Care.  She served in the Army as a Helicopter Pilot, Training Officer and Maintenance Manager with the 25th and 1st Infantry Divisions in Germany, Hawaii and Kosovo. Marcea has worked in progressive hiring, sales, operations and management roles, working with Cypress Semiconductor, GE, Apple, Microsoft and Merendino to reach the next level and achieve results. Marcea holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and MBA as well as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (change management) Certification from GE.   She has written and published a book to help other transitioning veterans titled, Leaving the Military; Your Deployment Guide to Corporate America.




For more information contact:

GMA SHRM Management Team
2830 Agriculture Dr.
Madison, WI 53718
(608) 204-9814
fax (608) 204-9818

Program Schedule subject to change.