Diversity & Inclusion Symposium: Hidden Disabilities: Coping, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Accommodations (sponsored by LexisNexis) (C6)

Date/Time: Sunday, July 15, 2018: 4:00 PM – 5:15 PM
Speakers: Alex Berrio Matamoros, Information Literacy for Today’s Diverse Students: Differentiated Instructional Techniques for Academic Librarians; Sarah Ann Lewis, University of Florida Levin College of Law Legal Information Center; JJ Pionke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Genevieve Zook, University of Wisconsin

About 10 percent of Americans have a “hidden disability”—a medical condition with physical symptoms that are not immediately apparent. Most individuals with hidden disabilities are entitled to reasonable workplace accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and many seek them out. However, many may avoid requesting accommodations out of fear of discrimination stemming from stigma about their disability, among other reasons. In this panel, librarians with hidden disabilities will discuss their experiences in the workplace with stigma surrounding their disability, coping with a disability, the process of seeking and implementing accommodations, and what colleagues can do to better support them and collaborate with them. The reasonable accommodations requirement of the ADA will be explained and tips will be provided for requesting and implementing accommodations.

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