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ULM hosts Conference on Disability Advocacy Tuesday, Oct. 9

Published October 4, 2018

ULM College of Business and Social Sciences, Gerontology Program, in collaboration with Families Helping Families of NELA, hosts the Conference on Disability Advocacy, 1-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 9, at the ULM Conference Center, 7th floor of the library.

By Dr. Anita Sharma, LCSW
ULM Gerontology Program Coordinator

Each year, October is commemorated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and this year’s theme is “America’s Workforce: Empowering All.” In the words of the Office of Disability Employment Policy, “NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates about the value of a workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.”
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The ULM College of Business and Social Sciences (Gerontology Program), in collaboration with Families Helping Families of NELA, is commemorating NDEAM by hosting the Conference on Disability Advocacy from 1-4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the ULM Conference Center on the seventh floor of the ULM Library.
The purpose of this conference is to raise awareness on the barriers faced by people with disabilities and to empower them by focusing on their strengths. It is not about “disability” - it is all about “ability.”  
A panel discussion by people with disabilities will be one of the components of this conference. The second component will consist of ADA training for small businesses and non-profits to enable them to become ADA compliant and partners in employment. The third component will focus on employment opportunities for people with disabilities.  

“ULM’s Gerontology program is happy to offer this conference as part of our continued outreach to have a positive impact on America’s workforce,” said Dr. Ron Berry, Dean of the College of Business and Social Sciences.  

Several organizations will have booths and refreshments will be served. For more information, please contact Dr. Anita Sharma at asharma@ulm.edu. 
Registration, free of charge, can be made online at https://www.ulm.edu/gerontology/conferences.html .