Accommodations: Best Practices for Employing Individuals with Disabilities

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This workshop is designed for people working in the field, on the phone, managers and supervisors. Participants will learn best practices for working with people with disabilities, how to have conversations around reasonable accommodations and how accessible doesn’t always mean expensive. This is taught by people that live with disabilities and work in a information and referral field. This session is for you to ask questions, learn to expand your systems and be more inclusive of hiring, training and engaging people with disabilities.  

Objectives:

  • Participants will learn best practices when working with people with disabilities
  • Participants will learn some resources when talking about accommodations for the job
  • Participants will learn about laws protecting people with disabilities when seeking employment
  • Participants will learn how it’s beneficial to hire people with disabilities.

Ericka Reil

Lead Trainer

Vermont Center for Independent Living, Montpelier, Vermont


Ericka Reil has worked in disability rights for 18 years. She resides in Barre, Vermont and works for the Vermont Center for Independent Living on advocacy issues including but not limited to information calls. She is the lead trainer at the center and has done trainings though out the country and state of Vermont. She is also chair of the Barre City ADA committee, Chair of the PAIMI committee, on the Board of several other committee’s dedicated to disabilities rights. She also on her hometowns city council. On her spare time she enjoys activism , politics or just spending an evening at home reading and being with her husband.

Nate Besio

Peer Advocate Coordinator

Vermont Center for Independent Living, Montpelier, Vermont


Nathan (Nate) Besio has worked for the Vermont Center for Independent Living since November 2013 and currently serves as a Peer Advocate Coordinator at the VCIL Burlington office. Prior to that he has over ten years of business and accounting experience, primarily in the non-profit industry working for the State of Vermont and UVM. He is currently serving his 3rd term as a Vermont Human Rights Commissioner and is a committed community leader who has served on many boards. Mr. Besio received a B.A. in Psychology from St. Michael’s College in 2000 and an M.B.A. from State University of New York at Albany in 2002. He currently resides in Colchester, VT with his wife Gretchen, son Reece and dog Luna.

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05/12/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
05/12/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes This session will share best practices for talking to people with various disabilities, understanding that accommodation does not always mean money, and learning how to start conversations within your organization with people who have disabilities.
Post Session Quiz
10 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass
10 Questions  |  3 attempts  |  8/10 points to pass You will need to take this quiz to get a certificate to show not only attendance but basic engagement with the content. You can review the answers after the first try and see what you got right and what you got wrong and then fix the answers for a second try. The quizzes were written by the presenters. If you need help understanding how to interpret a quiz, there is a video on the the FAQ page on the main AIRS Learn site and also on the videos page of the conference site.
Certificate of Completion
1.00 Hour(s) of Professional Development credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 Hour(s) of Professional Development credit  |  Certificate available