David Shurna: June 13, 2019

MAKING THE WORKPLACE MORE ACCESSIBLE FOR THOSE WITH DISABILITIES

 LIVE INTERVIEWS FROM LAKE TAHOE – SITE OF THE 2019 NO BARRIERS SUMMIT

 

David Shurna

No Barriers USA Executive Director – Fort Collins, CO

Kathy Martinez

Head of Disability and Accessibility Strategy at Wells Fargo – San Francisco

Lance LaVergne

Wells Fargo Enterprise Talent Acquisition Strategy & Practice manager – New York City

Jose Garcia

Wells Fargo Diversity Talent Acquisition Strategy National Partnerships and Programs manager – Charlotte, NC

Terilynn Bench

Senior Manager of the Accommodations Management Unit at Wells Fargo – San Francisco

 

Did you know that the unemployment rate for people with disabilities is twice the rate of those without disabilities? With one in five people living with a disability, employers who are not hiring people with disabilities are missing out on 20 percent of the population.

 

ACCORDING TO THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF LABOR MOST RECENT REPORT:

·         In 2018, the employment-population ratio for those without a disability was 65.9 percent vs.19.1 percent for those with a disability.

·         Across all major race and ethnicity groups, people with a disability are much less likely to be employed than people without a disability.

·         Across all educational attainment groups, jobless rates for persons with a disability were higher than those for persons without a disability.

 

The good news is that the overall low unemployment rate and the advances in accommodations technology have had a positive impact on bringing down the unemployment rate for those with disabilities. In this satellite interview, Executive Director of No Barriers Dave Shurna will be live from Lake Tahoe, the site of this year’s No Barriers Summit. He will discuss the purpose of the Summit and the value that people with diverse abilities bring to their communities and the workforce. Shurna will be joined by (INSERT SECOND SPOKESPERSON) who will highlight various accessibility technology accommodations that empower people to bring their best self to work, and share his/her story about employment challenges and triumphs as a person who uses or has used accommodations.

The Summit aims to ignite a flame within each person who attends to discover

What’s Within You Is Stronger Than What’s In Your Way.

For information about The No Barriers Summit,

please visit NoBarriersUSA.org

 

MORE ABOUT DAVID SHURNA:

Dave is the Executive Director of the nonprofit No Barriers USA, which asks “what barriers do you face?” Whether in personal lives, at work, or in our communities, we all face challenges that can prevent us from reaching our full potential. At No Barriers, we believe that what’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way. No Barriers empowers people of all walks of life to overcome obstacles, live a life of purpose, and give back to the world, all through our ground-breaking curriculum, the No Barriers Life. An innovative entrepreneur and seasoned educator, Dave has spent two decades building strong nonprofit organizations. He has worked with such diverse organizations as the Catamount Institute, the World Wildlife Fund, Duke University, Island Press, The Nature Conservancy, and the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens.

 

MORE ABOUT KATHY MARTINEZ:

Kathy Martinez was born blind. She oversees the development and execution of enterprise business and marketing strategies supporting people with disabilities and their families. She is focused on delivering an experience that recognizes disability as a natural part of the human condition and helping people with disabilities fully engage with the bank to succeed financially. Martinez joined Wells Fargo in March of 2015 from the U.S. Department of Labor where she served as the assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). When joining Wells Fargo, Martinez connected with Accommodations Management to have access to JAWS, a computer screen reader program that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a refreshable Braille display.

 

MORE ABOUT LANCE LaVERGNE:

Lance LaVergne had a rare malignant soft tissue sarcoma. For him, that meant 25 days of radiation treatment followed by a 12-hour surgery to amputate his fifth metacarpal and little finger; transfer several tendons; and remove bone, muscle, and tissue in his right hand. Following the treatment, LaVergne was reduced to a hunt-and-peck style of typing and not being able to work at the same pace or efficiency was a daunting prospect. Wells Fargo Accommodations Management suggested he begin using an ergonomic keyboard and voice recognition software, and quickly secured both for him. The tools ultimately helped LaVergne be more productive at work and adjust to his new normal.

 

MORE ABOUT JOSE GARCIA:

Jose Garcia was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent major surgery in March 2016 to remove a portion of his colon. Following the surgery, Garcia was on medical leave for two months. Wells Fargo helped him transition back to work with reduced hours and flexible work schedule. The medical leave and temporary accommodations allowed him to focus on his recovery. Garcia shares his personal story to promote the importance of colon cancer screening.

 

MORE ABOUT TERRILYNN BENCH:

Terilynn Bench began her career in the disability management field in 1996 in higher education. Initially working on student-centered accommodations, she moved to employment accommodations, leave administration and public access accommodations. Today, she serves as a senior manager of the Accommodations Management team of 23 consultants who assist Wells Fargo team members with medical conditions in being able to come to work, stay at work, and return to work. Bench’s passion for the work is rooted her in own personal experience managing three chronic illnesses for the last 35 years.

 

Produced for: Wells Fargo

 

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