The Muscular Dystrophy Association Announces Program on Access to Employment and Inclusive Workforce Culture During National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October

NEW YORK, October 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Announces Educational Programming, Quest Media Platform Content and DEI Coalition Pledge, All Aimed at Disrupting Disability and Amplifying the Disability Equation Equity, featured throughout National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October.

MDA’s DEI commitment and goals to inclusion are: to increase awareness and create an accessible world where every individual can participate in all aspects of community life; promote and provide opportunities for dialogue that enhance understanding and focus on the lived experience of our community; provide education, programs and resources aimed at overcoming barriers to accessing life stages; and collaborate with other thought leaders to ensure access and inclusion for all.

“We at the Muscular Dystrophy Association are committed to leveraging our voice and our platforms to promote diversity, equity and inclusion, elevating the conversation around disability is diversity. We work to ensure people living with disabilities have equal access to personal freedoms and independence. At MDA, we believe in strength in numbers,” said Kristine Welkerchief of staff, MDA.

Throughout October, Quest Media, MDA’s adaptive lifestyle platform, will be delivering multiple pieces of content for NDEAM. We present Michael LewisMDA’s Director of Disability Policy, and Tiffany Meehan, Inclusively’s vice president of marketing for a Quest blog about knowing your rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) during the interview process. MDA’s partner, Inclusively, is a workforce inclusion platform that is making strides in employing people with disabilities by connecting companies looking to diversify their workforce with qualified candidates. “Our employers work with us because they are committed to hiring candidates with disabilities,” says Meehan. “They approach the entire hiring process with accommodations in mind.” Mindy Hendersondirector of MDA and editor of Quest Media, also interviewed Sarah Bernard, co-founder and chief operating officer of Inclusively, on creating an inclusive work culture for a podcast episode to be released later this month -this.

“I have inclusively recommended applying for my current role at MDA. As a person with a neuromuscular disability myself, it is the honor of my life to work at MDA to continue the effort to provide people in the NMD community with effective access to healthcare. not only because work matters, but also because people here at MDA care about people like me, not just as voters, but as people. Our hiring practices are just one example,” said Joel CartnerDirector of Access Policy, MDA.

Brian Wynne, CEO of Acosta, another MDA partner, will also be featured on the Quest blog about the company’s commitment to creating employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Wynne, a business leader and father of a disabled child, shares Acosta’s priorities of fostering a welcoming and inclusive work environment. “To have a successful business, in any industry, you need the best talent available. And if you want to have the best talent, you need to make sure you include everyone in the talent pool – everyone who have wonderful talents, skills and abilities, not excluding people with disabilities.”

“We are proud to be a leading organization in contributing to the equity equation,” Welker said. “In recognition of the important role that people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce, the MDA DEI Coalition has worked tirelessly to help organizations connect with this country’s largest untapped talent pool. in partnership with Inclusively.In addition, our leadership team is always on the road, participating in initiatives to remove barriers for our community from commitments to the White House, on Capitol Hill, in educational partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, making advancing access to treatment with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and with corporate partners such as Financial Force.”

MDA’s DEI Coalition works to ensure people with disabilities have equal access. MDA believes that employer and employee culture is key to creating a culture of inclusion, and NDEAM is a time for employers to ensure their policies and training are inclusive, and a time for the community of people with disabilities to learn more about the programs and policies in place to help people pursue their career goals.

“I’m proud to be on the front lines of this effort with the Muscular Dystrophy Association DEI Coalition, which works to ensure people with disabilities are full participants in the national conversation on diversity, equity and inclusion,” said said dr. Chris Rose, President and CEO of the Viscardi Center and member of the Board of Directors of MDA. The partnership between the Muscular Dystrophy Association and equity-focused organizations like Viscardi Center will help ensure that people with disabilities have meaningful opportunities to be fully included in America’s new workforce.”

Educational programming:

    • How to prepare to enter the job market with interview tips
    • Ask for reasonable accommodation
    • Important legislation
    • Benefit Information
    • Advice for growth and development.
  • October 12-13 of 3-6:30 p.m. ET both days – MDA Engage: Technology for Independence Seminar
    This seminar sponsored by Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America provides information
    leading experts in the neuromuscular disease community on the technology that
    supports independence in daily life, including:
    • Brain-computer interface technology
    • smart home technology
    • Adapted toys for children
    • Low-tech assistive technology
    • Arm assist technology
    • Adaptive vehicles
  • October 18-19 of 3-6:30 p.m. ET Both Days – MDA Engage: Myasthenia Gravis Symposia This two-day educational event aims to empower individuals and families with knowledge and resources specific to myasthenia gravis (MG). The information will be provided by experts in the field and will offer people living with MG the opportunity to connect and grow their support network.
  • October 26 – The Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Smithsonian Science Education Center are co-hosting an online youth discussion for educators at the Zero Barriers in STEM Education Summit to hear from youth involved in the Muscular Youth Mentorship Program Dystrophy Association. MDA youth will provide participating educators with insight into their experience of accessing STEM in school and ways to better support students with disabilities. General Motors and MDA partnered with the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s Zero Barriers in STEM Education Center summit last July to promote inclusion in STEM education and STEM careers. MDA’s STEM Connections program provides hands-on activities for children and young adults living with a neuromuscular disorder to learn STEM concepts and explore STEM-based careers in a supportive environment. This year’s program has two robust components ranging from the MDA summer camp to the fall programming. This program is supported by a grant from General Motors.
  • Quest Media, the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s adaptive lifestyle platform, will feature content on knowing your rights in the interview process, a podcast with business leaders on creating an inclusive workplace culture , and more.
  • On the Road with MDA: During NDEAM, MDA will launch a new LinkedIn series from MDA highlighting MDA’s extended leadership team as they attend and speak at high-profile conferences and meet valued partners, such as the White House, Smithsonian Institution, United States Food and Drug Administration. (FDA), Financial Force and more.

Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the premier voluntary health organization in United States for people living with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related neuromuscular diseases. For more than 70 years, MDA has led the way in accelerating research, advancing care and advocating for the support of our families. MDA’s mission is to enable the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives. To find out more visit mda.org. follow on instagram, Facebook, Twitter, ICT Tac, LinkedInand Youtube.

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