Disability Inclusion: Free Professional Development Certificate for HR Professionals

By Jesse Abing

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed workplaces across the United States. Businesses are trying to adapt in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. But there’s definitely no guidebook to navigating a business through this pandemic. So how can your company find the agility it needs to stay relevant?

Disability inclusion = business success

A strong disability inclusion program can help. At its heart, disability inclusion is about flexibility. It’s about removing the barriers to success for all of your employees. And with more change likely on the horizon, there’s never been a better time to find innovative ways to help your employees and company succeed.

To help you do that, the Workplace Initiative by Understood has developed a free online training program in partnership with the SHRM Foundation. Designed for HR professionals and people managers, the training will be useful for anyone who wants to learn more about disability inclusion. This professional development opportunity will give you practical knowledge that you can start putting to use right away. 

Topics include:

  • How to get leadership buy-in for a disability inclusion program
  • How to build an inclusive workplace culture
  • Disability awareness and etiquette
  • How to recruit, hire, onboard, and advance employees with disabilities
  • Accommodations and supports
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Disclosure and self-identification
  • Working with job coaches

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Professional development for disability inclusion—how everyone can benefit

Most employers in the United States don’t have specific disability inclusion initiatives. Those that do have a large advantage when it comes to finding and supporting talent. 

Studies have shown that employees with disabilities are as productive as other employees. Plus, they’re more loyal, and they show less turnover.

And they’re probably already on your team. One in four adults in the United States has a disability, whether it’s visible or invisible. Disability inclusion will help you create a more efficient workforce. 

But most HR professionals and people managers haven’t been given the tools and information they need to build fully inclusive workplaces. Here’s the reality:

  • More than three quarters of HR professionals primarily define disability as something physical, even though many disabilities are invisible.
  • More than half of people managers have never participated in disability training.
  • Most required training doesn’t cover the legal requirements around disability in the workplace.

If your workplace has yet to start its disability inclusion program, this training will be a helpful introduction. And if your disability inclusion initiative is already in place, use the training program to strengthen your approach. You can also share the training with your organization or team. 

This free training program and professional development opportunity will earn you an Employee Abilities @Work certificate.

The site allows you to register for the program. It also includes a free report you can download to learn more about the current state of disability inclusion in the workplace. Learn how you can use this time of crisis to help your workplace build a more effective and inclusive future.

Jesse Abing, PhD, is the director of eLearning at the Workplace Initiative by Understood and heads the development and rollout of learning program initiatives that serve Understood’s mission to Shape the World for Difference.™ As a passionate educator, researcher, coach, public speaker, and program innovator, he’s crafted a unique approach to helping organizations target social inequalities and build inclusive cultures. In his previous role as the chief learning officer at Lingo Live, he launched a language and communication coaching program enabling thousands of multinational employees to strengthen their voice and free themselves of limiting beliefs in order to participate more fully and authentically in their workplace.