NASA Goddard Disability Employment Awareness Month Activities

Last updated: March 3, 2015

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October is designated as an opportunity for the GSFC community to gain an awareness of various aspects of disability and accessibility needs. The Equal Opportunity Programs Office is sponsoring a number of events that would be of particular interest to management, supervisory staff, and others who will likely face issues relating to hidden disabilities, cognitive conditions such as ADD/ADHD or depression, or how employees may acquire a disability over their career. If you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact the EOPO at (301) 286-7348.

Disability Employment Awareness Month Kick-off Event

Wednesday October 1: 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Bldg 8 Auditorium:
GSFC's Equal Opportunity Programs Office, the Equal Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the African American Advisory Committee starts Disability Employment Awareness Month with a ceremony recognizing the potential and accomplishments of individuals with disabilities and accessibility needs. Featured speaker will be Anil Lewis of the National Federation of the Blind of Georgia and entertainment will be presented by the Wild Zappers, a Deaf African American male dance company.

Disability Mentoring Day

Tuesday October 7: 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Various Locations
GSFC will host local high school and college students with disabilities for a day of direct interaction with the GSFC community through career exploration. If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Denna Lambert at 301-286-0844 or by e-mail at email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Employees with Disabilities Panel

Wednesday October 15:
The Equal Accessibility Advisory Committee is hosting an open discussion on disability and accessibility needs in the workplace. Everyone is welcomed to attend and contribute to the discussion.

Cognitive and Psychological Disabilities Training

Tuesday October 21: Bldg 8 Auditorium
Training and discussion opportunity for supervisors and employees on Cognitive and Psychological Disabilities. Kendra Drinkwater, a specialist with the Job Accommodations Network will be leading the session.
• Session 1: 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Supervisors, team leads, project managers
• Session 2: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Open to all employees

Assistive Technology Showcase – Maryland Technology Assistance Programs

Tuesday October 28: Bldg 8 Auditorium 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Technology can be helpful to all of us. Have you ever wondered if there was something that could have made typing or using the mouse more comfortable, make printed text easier to read, or make listening to others in meetings easier to hear? Come to the Assistive Technology Showcase that will answer those questions and more.