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Putting the "D" in Diversity | About

Please join Southern California Grantmakers, Annenberg Foundation, The California Endowment, The California Wellness Foundation, Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, Weingart Foundation and WITH Foundation for a full day workshop on disability inclusion. 

We know that problems are solved most effectively when we include the people who have experienced them first hand, those who know the solutions that will work. Just like issues that impact people of different racial, ethnic or other backgrounds, people with disabilities should be involved in solving the issues that impact them. After all, organizations are at their best when they welcome, respect and include people of all backgrounds. This includes people with disabilities.

This workshop will focus on training and empowering foundations and other funders in how to become fully accessible to, and inclusive of, people with disabilities. You will gain insight into how to ensure accessibility in your grantees’ programs, your resources and communications, and your internal hiring and diversity initiatives. It will also enable you to understand key aspects of intersectionality as they impact education, workforce, criminal justice, homelessness and health.

You will interact with dynamic, diverse self-advocates, as well as grantmaking professionals who have begun to successfully add accessible and inclusive activities to their work. We hope you can attend! 

Studies show that 70% of people with disabilities want to work and that the majority of young people with disabilities can get jobs and careers when they are given the right opportunities and supports. You will learn how you can include the 1-in-5 people who live with a disability in your work. Indeed, most accommodations to include people with disabilities are simple, free or low cost. With new technology and best practices, more people with disabilities can be included successfully. This will make your foundation even more successful, no matter your area of funding!

Topics will include:

  • Training in recruiting, hiring, retaining and succeeding with employees, volunteers and board members with disabilities 
  • Training in accessible and inclusive communications—technology, website, social media 
  • Information and training on how to add the disability lens to work on issues faced by marginalize people
  • Free online tools and training that you can use 24/7 
  • Training in disability etiquette


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