Accessibility: Prioritizing Disability Awareness and Allyship

Friday, May 19, 2023
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Disability awareness can be challenging for organizations because no two disabilities are exactly alike. Disabilities take on many forms, sometimes by themselves and sometimes combined, always with their own unique set of challenges. They range from distinguishable to invisible, including intellectual, mental, developmental, cognitive, sensory, and physical. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 61 million Americans live with a disability, accounting for a sizable percentage of the workforce and our communities.

In the workplace, we interact with individuals with disabilities daily as employees, employers, colleagues, and clients. While we understand the intrinsic benefits of having a diverse, inclusive team, it is specifically important to cultivate disability awareness so that our workplaces provide an equitable experience for colleagues and clients in the disability community.

Join us virtually to learn how your organization can become a better ally by creating an accessible and welcoming environment for those living with disabilities. Increase your awareness of the depth and dimension of the disability community and gain best practices to advocate for disability inclusion through your workplace policies and hiring practices.

Speakers to Date

Sheila Alexander-Reid, Executive Director, PHL Diversity 
Melissa Draganac-Hawk
, Interim Associate Head of School, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf
Kendra Lee, Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, The Philadelphia Inquirer

This Event is Closed


The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia strives to create an inclusive and equitable environment for all. If you have a disability and require accommodations in order to fully participate in this event, please contact us here at least three business days in advance of the event. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.

Attendee Policy:
Chamber programs/events are privately sponsored events with a structured format. No demonstrations or other disruptions will be tolerated. Violation of this policy may result in the attendee's removal from the premises or virtual program/event without refund, in addition to possible legal remedies.

Anti-Harassment Policy:
Chamber is committed to providing a harassment-free and inclusive experience for everyone at our events, and all events hosted in The Chamber’s facilities. We will not tolerate harassment of participants or Chamber staff in any form. Participants violating these rules may be sanctioned or removed from the event at the discretion of the event organizers.

Health & Safety Policy:
The Chamber will take precautions to ensure the health & safety of our guests, abiding guidelines set by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) along with state and local laws. By attending, guests assume the risk related to possible exposure. Those who are sick, suspect they have or had COVID, should not attend.

Program Link:
For virtual programs, links are sent to pre-registered guests 24 hours prior to program/event via an Outlook calendar invitation.

Photo Policy:
Your registration constitutes permission to use photos, audio, and video recording taken of you at the event for promotional purposes in connection with the Chamber and its Councils.

Registration/Cancellation Policy:
Pre-registration is necessary and payment is required upon registration. Walk-ins are not guaranteed entrance. No refunds will be given one week prior to program/event. Substitutions may be made with at least 24-hour notice.

Ticket/Seating Policy:
Tickets are held at the door under company name. Reserved seating for tables purchases only.


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