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Disability Matters North America 2014

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2014 Disability Matters Conference and Awards North America

The U.S. Event has been expanded to include Canada!

MENDHAM, NJ (11/07/13) – Your resource for rich information about people with disabilities in the workplace just grew by the size of Canada.

In response to overwhelming interest from our Canadian colleagues, Springboard Consulting LLC is excited to announce the expansion of what has been a U.S. only event to now represent all of both the U.S. and Canada.  “For the first time, we can look forward to sharing and celebrating this most important event with both Canadian and the United States businesses and are honored to have Toyota Motor Sales serving as the Host of the expanded 2014 conference”, said Nadine Vogel, Chief Executive Officer of Springboard Consulting LLC.  The event will officially kick-off with a welcome reception on Tuesday evening, April 8th, followed by two full conference days taking place on Wednesday & Thursday, April 9th and 10th, to be held at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX with the Awards Dinner to be held the evening of April 9th at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.

Joining our Hosts, to date the 2014 sponsors are:

GOLD

Adecco Group, NA

Colgate-Palmolive

EMC Corporation Global Designator

Prudential Financial

UNUM

SILVER

Intuit

BRONZE

Abercrombie & Fitch

Genentech

PwC

UPMC

Global Sponsor companies have selected to sponsor all three 2014 Disability Matter Events around the globe:

North America, Europe and AsiaPacific

 As seen by the growth of this segment and the increase in legislation in both the U.S. and Canada,  meeting the needs of this most important segment through workforce, workplace, and marketplace initiatives is a business imperative, one that is most certainly understood by our Host, Toyota, as seen by their ongoing commitment to and initiatives for employees with disabilities.

As in prior years, the Disability Matters conference will feature corporate executive presenters, the federal government, academia and the non-profit sector, sharing their experiences and best practices on how to support and market to this large, loyal segment of the population.  New for 2014:  a specialty session dedicated to Accessibility, featuring the tools and best practices for Physical Accessibility/Universal Design, Web Accessibility, Accessible Technology, and Accommodations as well as interactive facilitated table exercises following every panel resulting in real-time development of ideas and implementation strategies.

Corporate Honorees will be selected in the following categories:  Workforce, Workplace & Marketplace as well as the Employer of Choice Award, given to a company that has taken their award-winning initiatives to a level where there is complete synergy between mission and achievement.  Also new this year is the Steps to Success Award.  This award seeks to identify and celebrate those companies who are beginning on the journey of innovation, action and transformation relative to individuals with disabilities.  The Disability Champion Award, the only award category open to individuals within an organization, celebrates individuals at the Executive, Management and Associate levels.  For more information on different awards or to request an application, visit https://consultspringboard.com/2011/dm-award-descriptions-and-methodology/.   

Companies interested in becoming a sponsor, purchasing tickets, and/or applying for one of these prestigious awards, which honor outstanding commitment to the disabled community in the areas of Workforce, Workplace and/or Marketplace, will find additional information including prior year honorees by visiting https://consultspringboard.com/2011/about-disability-matters-united-states/.     

While planning your trip to 2014 Disability Matters NA, be sure to arrive one day earlier to attend the 2014 Disability ERG Professional Development and Leadership Summit, Hosted by Time Warner Cable and held at their headquarters in San Antonio.  Additional Disability ERG Summit information will be released under separate cover.

For additional information on either Disability Matters or the Disability ERG Summit, contact:  Jill Frankel:  973-813-7260 x106 or Jill@consultspringboard.com


ABOUT SPRINGBOARD CONSULTING®

Founded in 2005, Springboard is recognized as the expert in mainstreaming disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Serving corporations and organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, Springboard has become a trusted partner in relation to disability issues and initiatives across virtually every business category. Springboard annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote the outreach, support & engagement of people with disabilities as employees and as consumers through the Disability Matters Awards.

ABOUT TOYOTA MOTOR SALES

Toyota, the world’s top automaker and creator of the Prius, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands.  Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ nearly 40,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships sold more than 2.3 million cars and trucks in 2012 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.  To date, Toyota has contributed more than $700 million to American nonprofit groups.  For more information about Toyota’s contributions in the U.S., visit www.toyotainaction.com .


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DOT Mandates Improved Accessibility

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued new rules Monday mandating airlines improve access to their websites and airport kiosks and make other changes to better accommodate travelers with disabilities. Specifically, what this means is that any airline that markets domestic flights as well as those that fly in and out of U.S. airports will have to make the pages the “core travel information and services” pages on their websites, accessible within two years with full site accessibility within three years. In addition, taking effect in 180 days, is the rule that ticket agents must offer web-based discount fares to customers with disabilities who are unable to access airline websites due to their disability.

In terms of airport kiosks, the new rules stipulate that at least 25 percent of them must be accessible to people with disabilities within ten years.

 

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Two New Training Sessions

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Due to tremendous demand,
Springboard Consulting announces
Two New Training Sessions...
"Leave as an Accommodation"
and
"Managing Psychiatric and Cognitive Disabilities in the Workplace".

Why these two topics? Why now? With so many definitions of disability, new regulations impacting issues of Leave for individuals with disabilities and increased concerns from managers about appropriate interaction and management performance, specifically with individuals who have cognitive and psychiatric disabilities, the need for this type of training has increased significantly.

Leave as an Accommodation

Provides guidance on an employer's obligation to provide extended leaves of absence or other accommodations to employees who are on a leave of absence and have a disability protected by the ADA.  Specifically, this session reviews the manner in which the EEOC and courts have evaluated extended leaves of absence and claims of undue hardship so that employers can manage employee leaves in compliance with various federal and state laws. The session includes an explanation of the interaction between the ADA and FMLA, common leave-related issues including job attendance, leave duration, undue hardship, intermittent and indefinite leave, performance evaluations, no fault leave policies, 100% healed policies, job protection, maintenance of benefits and much more.

Managing Cognitive and Psychiatric Disabilities

Provides an understanding of how these types of disabilities may affect a person's awareness, memory, ability to learn, process information, interact with others, communicate and make decisions. Often invisible, these disabilities lack the awareness and understanding of more visible disabilities. This session will review the workplace rights of these individuals, under the ADA, workplace impact, the types of accommodations and auxiliary aids most commonly needed and ways in which employers can effectively engage candidates and employees with these functional limitations and still benefit from their talent.

Led by Jana Burke, Springboard’s ADA Employment Specialist, both sessions are offered as webinars or as in-person training, ranging from 90-minutes to two-hours depending on the manner of delivery.

Contact Ivette Lopez at ivette@consultspringboard.com or (973) 813-7260 x102 to schedule one or both of these training sessions.


ABOUT SPRINGBOARD CONSULTING®
Founded in 2005, Springboard is recognized as the expert in mainstreaming disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Serving corporations and organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, Springboard has become a trusted partner in relation to disability issues and initiatives across virtually every business category. Springboard annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote the outreach, support & engagement of people with disabilities as employees and as consumers through the Disability Matters Awards.


This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

 

Inaugural Disabiltiy Connect Forum-Save the Date

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This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Disability Advisory Service (DAS)

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Have you heard the good news?
Springboard has expanded its comprehensive global offerings to include

Disability Advisory Service

Led by our CEO, Nadine Vogel, Springboard’s new Disability Advisory Service (DAS) provides companies with customized monthly support on multidisciplinary insights, guidance and counsel on the issues and processes related to candidates, employees and customers with disabilities. 

Whether acting as a sounding board for the development of a new disability strategy or initiative, providing counsel on the implementation of proposed or new legislation or serving as an executive coach in terms of interacting, communicating and/or working side by side someone with a disability, Springboard’s DAS is for you. 

  • Does your company find itself in need of on-going expertise on workforce, workplace and/or marketplace issues relative to individuals with disabilities?
  • Do you find yourself scrambling for guidance beyond legal commentary?
  • Would you like to have access to this type of support available whenever needed? 

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, yet don’t have the ability to add headcount for such expertise, then Springboard’s Disability Advisory Service (DAS) is for you. 

Want to know more? Contact Ivette Lopez via email at ivette@consultspringboard.com, 973-813-7260 x. 102


ABOUT SPRINGBOARD CONSULTING®
Founded in 2005, Springboard is recognized as the expert in mainstreaming disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Serving corporations and organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, Springboard has become a trusted partner in relation to disability issues and initiatives across virtually every business category. Springboard annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote the outreach, support & engagement of people with disabilities as employees and as consumers through the Disability Matters Awards.


This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Sept/Oct Springboard Newsletter

Attached is Springboard's September/October 2013 Newsletter

The "Special Section" highlights our Asia-Pac Disability Matters Conference & Awards

which took place in Bangalore, India on 18-19 September 2013

Read the wonderful comments from our Award Honorees & Sponsors!

Click on the newsletter image or the link below to access the entire newsletter

THE WAVE OPEN PAGE

https://secureservercdn.net/198.71.233.87/jv5.034.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/September-2013-newsletter-rev.pdf

 

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

 

Mandatory Disability Awareness Training for all Airlines

Like many others, I am in and out of airports every week. So often I see passengers who have disabilities who you can tell are having awful travel experiences, not because of anyone intentionally trying to do harm but because of not being aware of appropriate #etiquette, processes to provide assistance. I am happy to report that this will be changing, at least at one airport, #San Francisco (SFO), where employees will be getting trained throughout the #customers journey from curb-side to security to the gate. In fact, #disability awareness training has been made mandatory for all #airlines and #airline service providers. It is my hope that all #airports will recognize the importance of taking such measures in order to provide an #appropriate experience for #travellers with #disabilities.

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

 

Disability ERG Summit 2014

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DATE & LOCATION:
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM CST

Time Warner Cable
1900 Blue Crest Lane
San Antonio, TX 78247

MESSAGE:
Are you starting or restarting your #Disability ERG or looking to take an already successful group to the next
level? Transitioning from an #Affinity or #Employee Resource Group to a #Business
Resource Group? Looking for #innovative, #game changing ideas? Then #Springboard’s
#Disability ERG Professional Development and Leadership Summit is the place to
be.

This one day, intensive, in-person session with other #Disability ERG leaders
and their #Executive Sponsors will be invaluable in helping you successfully
take a newly formed group to the starting blocks of success, or an existing
group beyond what anyone imagined was possible.

And remember, the Summit takes place just before the #U.S. Disability Matters
Conference so plan on attending both to make 2014 a truly game-changing year
for your Disability ERG and all your #disability related initiatives.

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PRICING*:
$495 (USD)
$395 (USD) Disability ERG Leadership Networking Forum Subscribers

*Includes continental breakfast and lunch

RSVP:
Purchase a ticket and register no later than Tuesday, March 18, 2014 or until capacity is reached –
https://consultspringboard.com/erg-pdl-summit-2014/

Should you have any questions, please contact #Jill Frankel at

jill@consultspringboard.com or via telephone: 973-813-7260 x. 106.

HOTEL:
#Hyatt Regency San Antonio River walk
123 Losoya Street
San Antonio, Texas, USA, 78205
Tel: +1 210 222 1234
Reservations: Link coming soon! (Corporate discounts will be available.)

SHUTTLE SERVICES:
Round trip shuttle service will be provided to the Time Warner Cable building from

#Hyatt Regency San Antonio River walk.

PARKING:
On-site parking is available in the lot directly in front of the Time Warner Cable main entrance.

REMINDER:
Show your #commitment to the #success of your company’s #Disability Employee Resource Group by joining our amazing presenters, your peers from across industry and across the country and our #Summit Host, #Time Warner Cable on Tuesday, April 8th at TWC headquarters in San Antonio, TX for a one-of-a-kind experience of education and networking. While you’re in town, plan to attend #Springboard’s 8th Annual U.S. Disability Matters Conference & Awards which will begin the evening of April 8th and run through April 10th, at Morgan’s Wonderland in San Antonio, TX.

Whether you can only attend #Springboard’s Disability ERG Summit or you can attend both the Summit and the Disability Matters Conference, you will find the time spent invaluable to you, your colleagues and your company. Don’t miss out. Register Today!


ABOUT SPRINGBOARD CONSULTING®
Founded in 2005, Springboard is recognized as the expert in mainstreaming disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Serving corporations and organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, Springboard has become a trusted partner in relation to disability issues and initiatives across virtually every business category. Springboard annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote the outreach, support & engagement of people with disabilities as employees and as consumers through the Disability Matters Awards.
www.consultspringboard.com


This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

TV Characters with Disabilities

Have you noticed an increase in the number of #TV characters with #disabilities? If you have, it’s not your imagination. There are 109 such characters being played on #prime time this year out of almost 800. My concern is that the majority of these roles are being played by individuals who do not have disabilities. Of course, they do call this #acting but wouldn’t it be nice if #SAG, the actors union would insist on the authentic and accurate reflection of the people these characters are portraying?

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.

Brown-Forman Regional Summit Announcement

FACT: People with #disabilities are the largest and fastest growing minority segment in the world. 

CONSIDER:  How is your company mainstreaming this large, loyal talent pool?  

If you are a #U.S. Federal Contractor, how are you addressing the new #Section 503 Regulations?

How are you meeting your other #disability-related legislative obligations?

Are you leveraging your competitive advantage?

#Brown-Forman would like to invite you to our Louisville, KY headquarters on December 11, 2013 for a special half day event to learn about the current issues, opportunities and best practices relative to the #outreach, #recruitment and #support of individuals with #disabilities.  Led by #Springboard Consulting, recognized as the global expert on mainstreaming disability in the #corporate workforce, #workplace and #marketplace, Springboard will facilitate the day to ensure attendees leave with a comprehensive understanding of the #legal implications, #practical tools and #applications to do this work successfully and sustainably.

 Specifically, the day will address all aspects of #Organizational Readiness to include:

  •   Understanding the Four Segments
  •   Assessments & Gap Analysis
  •   Compliance
  •   Talent Acquisition
  •   Learning & Development
  •   Accessibility  - Communications, Websites, Physical
  •   Work-Life & Support

 When: Wednesday, December 11, 2013 from 8:30am – Noon EST

Where:  Brown-Forman

                  850 Dixie Hwy

                  Louisville, KY 40210

                  Conference Center

  #Who should attend:  #Diversity & Inclusion Leaders

  •                                   # Human Resource Professionals
  •                                   #Talent Acquisition Leaders 
  •                                   #EEO Professionals
  •                                   #Disability ERG Executive Sponsors and Leaders

We look forward to seeing you on December 11th and partnering with you on this most important journey. Corporations in Louisville are known to lead by example.  By attending this event, you and the people of Brown-Forman will ensure we are seen as leaders when it comes to the employment of people with disabilities.

#Registration is free but required as space is limited. Register using #Springboard’s online registration form as soon as possible by visiting:  https://consultspringboard.com/rds-bf-louisville-ky/

 #For more information contact Jill Frankel: 973-813-7260 x106

Jill@consultspringboard.com  

ABOUT SPRINGBOARD CONSULTING®

Founded in 2005, Springboard is recognized as the expert in mainstreaming disability in the global workforce, workplace and marketplace. Serving corporations and organizations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia, Springboard has become a trusted partner in relation to disability issues and initiatives across virtually every business category. Springboard annually honors exemplary organizational initiatives that promote the outreach, support & engagement of people with disabilities as employees and as consumers through the Disability Matters Awards. 

This information should not be construed as “legal advice” for a particular set of facts or circumstances. It is intended only to be a practical guide for participants familiar with this subject. Users should seek appropriate legal advice tailored to address their specific situation.



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