According to employers, the number one staffing issue they face is hiring and retaining qualified employees--a concern that becomes more pressing as we begin to feel the crunch of a shrinking and aging workforce. To remain competitive, employers are looking beyond the traditional labor sources to access skilled, qualified workers. This includes focusing recruitment efforts on under-represented job candidates including people with disabilities.
The successful employment of people with disabilities starts with an understanding of how hiring people with disabilities can increase diversity and further an organization's mission or a business's financial bottom line.
This curriculum contains two modules. Each interactive module provides helpful information about employing people with disabilities.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Reasonable Accommodations: Through this module, you will learn about Title I of the ADA and how to create a work environment inclusive of persons with disabilities. The module will address issues related to recruitment, interviewing, reasonable accommodations, and universally designed work environments.
How to Use the Modules
Each interactive module includes 4 components:
Introduction - Each module begins with an overview of the module including the learning objectives and describes the lessons contained in each module.
Individual Lessons - Each module contains several lessons that address a variety of topic areas. Each lesson provides information related to each topic as well as gives you an opportunity to “connect” with the materials through a variety of interactive activities.
Evaluation - Each module will conclude with an evaluation. This short evaluation provides us with important feedback needed to make ongoing curriculum improvements.
Certificate of Completion - After you have completed the module evaluation you will be linked to a page where you can customize and print a Certificate of Completion for each module.
How to Navigate the Modules
We recommend you begin with the Diversity in Employment & Disability Awareness module and then complete the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) & Reasonable Accommodations module. We also recommend you work through each of the modules in order starting with the Introduction and moving through each Individual Lesson. If time is a problem, you can also complete an individual lesson and return later to complete the remaining lessons. Individual links are provided to support access to each lesson.
Navigating among the pages of content in each module is easy. There are a number of ways to interact with module content.
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We sincerely thank Rob Hoffman from the University of Missouri Region VII
Rehabilitation & Continuing Education Program and Chas Nickolaus from the
Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities for their consultation
and assistance in the development of these training modules.
We also want to recognize the primary creators of these training modules, all from the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development: Tom McVeigh, M.S.; Laura Walker B.A.; Mike McCarthy, A.B.D.; Ronda Jenson Ph.D.; and Julie Warm Ph.D.
In addition, some sections of the information and training materials for this module include materials from the “Workforce Discovery: Diversity and Disability in the Workplace” training materials developed by the ADA and Information Technology Center of the Mid-Atlantic Region which is a program of TransCen Inc. These materials have been reproduced with their permission. We thank them for the use of these valuable resources. A link is provided to their website within the additional resources sections.
To access each module or the individual lessons contained in each module click on the links below:
Module One: Diversity in Employment - Disability Awareness
Module Two: The ADA and Reasonable Accommodations
The following links will take you to the Empower Missouri website and to a variety of additional resources related to each module.
Module One: Resources on Disability Awareness
Module Two: Resources on the ADA & Reasonable Accommodations
This project was supported by the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities. Grantees undertaking projects under government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official positions of the Missouri Planning Council for Developmental Disabilities, nor do they represent official positions of the University of Missouri – Kansas City.