DE Academy Six-Week Disability Awareness Mastery Course

October 1–November 7, 2019

Log in to enroll today and get ready to be educated and energized as you prepare to drive success through your organization now and in the future!


$499 Members • $599 Non-members

As a bonus: Learners will also receive ten bonus items including a gap analysis checklist, tips for better self-ID results, an eBook on social media accessibility tips and more!

Live, Instructor-Led

Course taught by Sheridan Walker of HirePotential, Inc.


Six-Week Course

Lessons held each Tuesday with live follow-up Q&A on Thursday


HRCI Credits

Pre-Approved for 9.0 hours of credit from HR Certification Institute

The Course

October 1–November 7, 2019 • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00–3:00 pm EST

The complex and rapidly changing landscape and increased focus on OFCCP and EEOC compliance pertaining to the recruitment, hiring and retention of individuals with disabilities involves many aspects that require additional attention. Unfortunately, many of us do not have the training or background in these specific areas, yet still carry the responsibility within the organization.

The Disability Awareness Mastery Course will provide a wealth of foundational information for those who are new to disability inclusion, or who feel as though they lack the information or education needed to increase their knowledge. Throughout this six-week course, learners will enjoy a one-hour live lesson each Tuesday and Thursday, beginning October 1, 2019, led by disability subject matter expert, Sheridan Walker, of HirePotential, Inc. During this series, learners will:

  • Gain insight from an industry recognized expert
  • Share ideas and ask questions in a confidential and safe environment
  • Discuss and network with peers and fellow thought leaders
  • Collect proven strategies, actionable ideas and tested models to develop successful disability inclusion programs of their own

The Lessons

Week 1: The Business Case & Value Proposition

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

Understand the business case and value proposition of implementing a disability inclusion strategy to boost your business with a competitive edge by allowing this valuable talent group to become an integral part of your workforce. Topics include:

  • Learning about the myths, fears, and attitude barriers of disability inclusion
  • Understanding the market share
  • Exploring the benefits of the talent pool for marketing, diversity, compliance, social responsibility, retention and workforce efforts
  • Learning the real cost of an accommodation
  • Understanding the “who, what, when and how” for getting started

Thursday, October 3, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

LIVE question & answer session

Week 2: Etiquette & Sensitivity

Tuesday, October 8, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

Gain a fundamental understanding and build a corporate culture which supports and models inclusion for people with disabilities. In doing so, you will learn how to establish appropriate communication guidelines and create a comfortable environment for all. Topics include:

  • Seeing beyond the disability to focus on ability
  • Understanding what you can and cannot say or do (disability etiquette tips)
  • Communicating through an interpreter
  • Learning about service animal etiquette
  • Exploring how you can make a difference in your daily interaction
  • Building a fully inclusive culture

Thursday, October 10, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

LIVE question & answer session

Week 3: Marketing & Outreach

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

Learn the fundamentals of representing your business as a disability-friendly workplace and creating a positive image and culture that values everyone. Topics include:

  • Learning how to leverage targeted messaging and imagery
  • Showing your understanding in your outreach efforts
  • Fostering your message of inclusiveness within your organization
  • Analyzing and improving your marketing materials
  • Identifying where to go within colleges and universities
  • Uncovering key resources for outreach
  • Building a fully inclusive culture

Thursday, October 17, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

LIVE question & answer session

Week 4: Recruiting & Onboarding

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

Discover how to help your recruiting team achieve a satisfactory comfort level in meeting and interviewing applicants with a variety of disabilities, leading to a comfortable environment for all. Topics Include:

  • Learning about your fears and attitudes
  • Conducting an interview with someone who is blind, deaf, or in a wheelchair
  • Uncovering what you need to know about hidden disabilities
  • Understanding what you can and cannot say or do (legal versus illegal questions)
  • Learning about disclosures and requests for accommodations
  • Being at ease and professional
  • Presenting qualified candidates in an unbiased way
  • Learning the steps to onboarding an individual with a disability

Thursday, October 24, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

LIVE question & answer session

Week 5: Accessibility & Accommodations

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

Identify the fundamentals of a functional and efficient accommodation process to support applicants, new hires, and your existing employees who request accommodations. This lesson will provide a practical understanding of web accessibility guidelines and best practices versus those of an accommodation, and illustrate an overview of the steps to follow when an accommodation has been requested. Topics include:

  • Learning about changes to the ADA (ADAAA)
  • Discovering web accessibility best practice standards
  • Understanding common assistive technology used in the workplace
  • Accepting the importance of the interactive process
  • Learning who in your organization needs to be involved and why
  • Handling accommodation requests
  • Building a centralized accommodation process
  • Limiting liability

Thursday, October 31, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

LIVE question & answer session

Week 6: 3R’s: Results, Revenue & Resources

Tuesday, November 5, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

Learn real-world information on the multitude of benefits businesses experience when hiring talent with disabilities and how these individuals can positively impact the bottom line. Topics include:

  • Learning about specific agencies and their role in assisting businesses
  • Discovering the incentives that are instrumental to the bottom line
  • Applying best practices by companies with proven success
  • Exploring how to improve awareness of the abilities people with disabilities have within your organization

Thursday, November 7, 2019 • 2:00–3:00 pm EST

LIVE question & answer session

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The Instructor


Founder and President, HirePotential, Inc.

Sheridan WalkerMs. Walker is the founder and president of HirePotential, Inc. which is a women owned national firm providing employment solutions to government contractors and Federal Agencies since 1999. HirePotential is focused on providing companies results on recruiting, hiring, accommodating, compliance and the managing people with disabilities. HirePotential’s services provide corporations a proven model that can meet and accomplish their goals by providing an end to end employment solution.

Ms. Walker has a clinical healthcare and corporate background which makes her unique in this space. She brings over 30 years of broad-based expertise in working with people with disabilities. This experience includes hands on treatment, clinical evaluation and management, program development, employment, staffing and sales. Ms. Walker was employed by Alternative Resources Corporation, A-R-C, a national IT management and staffing business, as the Program Manager of the Disability and Diversity recruiting arm creating and building the program from scratch and delivering the training, recruiting and sales in the inclusion of qualified candidates in the IT field. The program was later called the A-R-C REACH Program. The A-R-C REACH Program sources and places people with disabilities in A-R-C client environments. This program generated over $7 million in incremental revenue for A-R-C in the first year.

Prior to joining A-R-C, Ms. Walker has extensive experience in physical rehabilitation services. This experience spans trauma to post-acute outpatient treatment. Ms. Walker held positions including treating therapist, supervisor, program manager, account executive and regional director. She has been a featured lecturer speaking at national conferences on many topics related to the employment of people with disabilities, compliance, accommodations and business practice.

Ms. Walker has served on the National Disability Mentoring Day Committee for Colorado and the US Business Leadership Network on the Employment of People with Disabilities. She has also served on the formally known President’s Task Force on the Employment of People with Disabilities. Colorado Business Leadership Network for the employment of people with disabilities and served on the Denver Mayor’s Commission of People with Disabilities. She is a past board member of the American Association for Access, Equity & Diversity, AAAED. She developed and launched the initial training for GettingHired, a disability job board, for over 6 years providing live webinar-based education. She continues to lecture across the country regarding several issues around disability in the workplace and workforce on topics such as compliance, employment, retention, staffing, accessibility, accommodations, and risk management. She is certified with the American Board of Disability Analysis.

HirePotential, the Leader in Disability Inclusion – “We help navigate the complexities of disability”