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When Looks Deceive: Detecting and Accommodating Invisible Disabilities
LVCC N107-108
Tuesday 06/25/2019 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM Add to calendar
1.00 SHRM PDCs | Competencies: Consultation, HR Expertise, Relationship Management | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Address the complicated issues raised by employees with mental health and other latent medical conditions in the workplace. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every five American adults has a disability. Employees may appear completely healthy, but in reality may be dealing with invisible afflictions (e.g., debilitating pain, cognitive challenges, learning differences, mental health disorders, or other conditions). Those with no visible impairment or assistive devices may still present accommodation needs. This session will explore best practices for detecting and accommodating invisible disabilities, including strategies for educating co-workers and addressing attendance or other issues.

Learning Objectives:

  • Legal protections for individuals suffering from disabilities in the workplace.
  • Available resources and means for working through these issues, including manager/co-worker communications and analysis of reasonable accommodations.
  • Real-world scenarios to help develop practical skills in addressing workplace issues involving mental health and other latent medical conditions.
Lara de Leon, Esq. Photo
Lara de Leon, Esq., Shareholder,
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.