Alan Hejl General Motors Company Autonomous Vehicle Connectivity Domain Lead, and GM Able VP
Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans has some kind of disability? That means that we all have friends and colleagues who have a physical mobility, vision, auditory or cognitive disability. National Disability Employment Awareness Month allows us to celebrate the unique contributions to the workplace by the disabled. It also gives us the opportunity to renew our commitment to creating inclusive, accessible, welcoming environments that allow every employee to engage and contribute in the workplace.
Recently CADIA hosted AlanHejl, Autonomous Vehicle Connectivity Domain Lead | GM Able Vice President on CADIA Connects. Alan is a disability rights advocate, and talked about what disabilities are - they include mobility, cognitive, vision and hearing disabilities. He added that the majority of disabilities can't be seen, and therefore we all have to be more acutely aware of the forms that disabilities can take, and the accommodations that can be made to ensure accessible, inclusive environments.
He gave a great, short overview presentation, including a list of things that we can do as allies. Some ideas on what YOU can do to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month.
Host a Lunch and Learn
Add alt-text to media posts
Get a quote for live captioning services
Accessibility Checker in PowerPoint
Education and Training:
Microsoft Accessibility Fundamentals
“Crip Camp” – Netflix Documentary
Know the rules!
Understand the ADA Rules
Consider W3C WCAG Web and Digital Accessibility
Alan's PowerPoint presentation is available upon request from CADIA. PS – Fun fact: The first “curb cuts” that provide wheelchair access to sidewalks were created in 1945 in Kalamazoo Michigan, the brainchild of a disabled WWII veteran. Full story here.