Panel to discuss ‘Disability in the Workplace: An Employment Perspective’

September 30, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — “Disability in the Workplace: An Employment Perspective,” a panel discussion in support of diversability at Penn State and National Disability Employment Awareness Month, will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, on Penn State’s University Park campus. The public event also will be live-streamed online for Penn State Commonwealth Campus and World Campus faculty and students and other remote attendees through MediaSite Live.

Sponsored by Penn State’s Office for the Vice Provost for Educational Equity and the University Libraries' Adaptive Technology and Services, the event aims to inform attendees, particularly students with disabilities, of their employment rights.

Panelists will focus on employment opportunities as well as initiatives fostered through the U.S. Department of Labor. Lenny Pollack, professor of practice in Penn State’s School of Labor and Employment Relations, will serve as the event’s moderator.

Scheduled panelists include:

  • Taryn Williams, chief of staff, Office of Disability Employment Policy, U.S. Department of Labor, and disability adviser (detailee) to President Barack Obama;
  • Stephen Verigood, Penn State human resources and employment relations graduate student, and 2013 alumnus with an undergraduate degree in psychology;
  • Bill Ritzman, ADA coordinator, Penn State Affirmative Action Office;
  • Caitlin Rabold, counselor, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry;
  • Allison Fleming, assistant professor of education, Department of Educational Psychology, Counseling and Special Education, Penn State College of Education.

The University Libraries’ Marion MacKinnon Adaptive Technology and Services serves all Penn State campuses and provides a range of hardware, software and services to faculty, staff and students. Among its many services, it offers books and other materials converted into formats accessible to individuals with disabilities.

For more information about this event, or if you anticipate needing accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Susan Hayya, coordinator of the University Libraries’ Adaptive Technology and Services, at 814-865-0284 or in advance of your visit.

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    The "Disability in the Workplace" panel discussion takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, and live-streamed for attendees not at the University Park campus via MediaSite Live at

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Last Updated December 06, 2016