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    NNMHRA November Meeting

    Date: November 14, 2017, 11:30am – 1:00pm
    Inn and Spa at Loretto
    211 Old Santa Fe Trail
    Santa Fe, NM 87501
    Members: $25 Non-Members: $30 Walk-Ins: $30 SHRM NM Student Members(Full time students): $15
    Event Type:
    Lunch Meeting
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    Breaking Down Misperceptions and Hiring and Working with Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Individuals 

    Presented by Jesse Woosley

    This event has been Pre-Approved for SHRM PDCs and HRCI Credit Hours


    Presentation Summary

     A recent Department of Labor report shared findings that most workplace accommodations have none to low financial costs. Many employers report that there are both direct and indirect benefits of providing accommodations for workers with disability. What are some experiences that you have as an HR professional related to providing accommodations to an individual with disability in the workplace? Did you see any direct or indirect benefits of providing accommodations?  

    The Deaf community in New Mexico makes up for a very small percentage of the workforce; it is a low-incidence disability that has cultural, social, and language factors. However many Deaf individuals possess employment skills, are capable of being productive, and can help bring “flavor” to a workplace setting. Many employers may have misperceptions about hiring and working with Deaf (as well as hard-of-hearing) individuals.

    This presentation will cover different perspectives and issues for workers with disabilities, the resources available to support businesses along with workers with disability, and the possible incentives of hiring workers with disabilities. The presentation will also attempt to cover specific issues of working with Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and attempt to remove the stigma surrounding hiring individuals who are Deaf or hard-of-hearing.

    Jesse Woosley

    Jesse Woosley is a third-generation culturally Deaf individual who grew up attending Schools for the Deaf. He is a Transition Coordinator at New Mexico School for the Deaf where he manages the Job Preparation Program and provides coordination for activities that support the self-determination of youth in transition.He is a formerly Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and has a level-one New Mexico teaching license in K-12 Special Education. He has three  years of work experience as a Vocational Rehabilitation counselor and four years of experience in the field of education. Jesse has a Bachelor’s degree from Gallaudet University and a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Western Oregon University.

    CLICK HERE to complete a registration form.  You must register by 11:00 AM the Friday before the event. You may pay at the door or through our PayPal site below. (You will be able to pay through the Registration Form, as well.) 

    NNMHRA offers a hardship scholarship for members who need financial assistance to attend our monthly lunch/dinner meeting. Members are welcome to confidentially request a free registration to an upcoming monthly dinner meeting. Please email us @ if you would like to make a request.

    If you have made a reservation in time and cancel after this time, you will be charged for the event. No shows will also be charged.


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    If you are paying for a monthly lunch meeting, please remember you also, must register for the event. Please click here to complete the November 2017 registration form.

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