Accessibility in Action

Accessibility in Action

A new workshop series hosted by Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation

Coming Up

Join our Accessibility in Action series — a three-part series that will involve monthly workshops on important workplace issues such as ableism, allyship, assistive technology options for workers, and best practices for hiring and onboarding more disabled talent.

Each session will also include a participatory working group where you’ll be able to dig into these topics and discuss challenges and next steps with other professionals.

If you’ve been wondering about the most effectively implement the accessibility aspects of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) at your company, this series is for you. Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Foundation (CPARF) and our guest speakers will provide you with information and tangible next steps to ensure that you’re creating an inclusive and accessible workplace.

When you sign up for CPARF’s Accessibility in Action Series, you’ll get access to:

  • Three expert-led workshops on accessibility
  • Working groups to discuss your company’s accessibility needs
  • The Disability Download — a monthly newsletter on disability-related developments across industries.
  • An experienced network of professionals who are working to implement inclusive practices at their companies.

Registration Details: This series is free and we invite you to support CPARF’s work through a donation.

Session 1: Uncomfortable Conversations: Ableism and Allyship

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 — 12:00 pm ET – 1:15 pm ET

Have you ever worried you were going to do or say the wrong thing, so you just avoided saying anything at all? This is a common problem when it comes to including people with disabilities at work. Perhaps you don’t know the right words to use or what accommodations could be helpful. And you may even be making inaccurate assumptions that a person with a specific disability can’t do certain jobs. 

In this session, we will foster a safe space where you can get uncomfortable and ask the questions about language and access that you may be too afraid to voice anywhere else. At the end, we’ll share ways to be a better ally to disabled colleagues and friends.

Session 2: Checking Your Assumptions: Assistive Technology and Accessibility in the Workplace

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 — 12:00 pm ET – 1:00pm ET

There are a lot of assumptions of what disabled people can and can’t do at work — and those assumptions often rely on an old understanding of how assistive technology helps in the workplace. The landscape is evolving and allowing disabled people to access the tools of work in unprecedented ways. 

In this session, we’ll identify practices your organization might be unintentionally implementing that signal to the community that you don’t value inclusion. We’ll also delve into things you can do or change to be more inclusive. Then, the team at Remarkable US, our assistive technology accelerator, will share highlights of the assistive technology space and the different types of tools employees with disabilities can use.

Session 3: Bias in the Workplace: Hiring, Onboarding, and Beyond

Additional Details to Come

Whether you work in HR or run a team, you have to make hiring and onboarding decisions. And here’s something you may not know: Gen Z is disclosing their disabilities at a higher rate than any prior generation. That means to hire and keep young talent, it’s more important than ever to be thoughtful about your hiring process and how you support workers once they join your organization. 

In this session, we’ll talk about inclusive and exclusionary hiring and onboarding practices and give recommendations for ways to adjust your procedures to create a more diverse pipeline and set disabled workers up for success.

For questions about the Accessibility in Action series, please reach out to