9 episodes

According to the World Health Organization, 1.6 billion people in the world presently have a significant disability. That’s around 1 in 6 people living with a medical condition that potentially affects their ability to perform the essential functions of their position if they are members of the workforce.[1] Disabled employees often face obstacles that prevent them from performing their desired or obtained job completely. When working without proper accommodation, it also reduces their productivity in the workforce, harming their employers. Sadly, a significant number of employers and job opportunities fail to adequately accommodate them, resulting in a substantial gap in productivity or inability to work at all. This not only hinders businesses from accessing the finest talents but deprives disabled individuals of the most fitting career prospects that align with their abilities.

Discover solutions on Disability Inclusion and Accommodation in the Workplace, a podcast uniting disabled individuals, employers, HR officers, and legal experts. This podcast is the ultimate guide to advocating for accessibility. Empower yourself to assert your needs and let your employers provide the necessary support to enhance your productivity, regardless of personal difficulties. Empower your business by assisting your disabled employees with accommodations they need for a productive work environment. For employers, consider this a guide to creating an inclusive workplace where all feel welcome. Learn to make employees comfortable and valued while ensuring compliance with employment laws.

Gain insights from industry leaders in the United States and worldwide as they share inclusive approaches implemented in their professional setups. This show delves into the crucial role of HR officers in shaping workplace culture; enhance your knowledge of creating an inclusive hiring and onboarding process. Explore the most effective approaches to attract and recruit talented individuals with disabilities for your team. This podcast caters to lawyers who specialize or work on legal matters related to workplace compliance. Keep abreast of the most recent updates and changes in corporate and business law that impact disabled employees.

Esteemed host Eric Pines brings a wealth of experience as a labor and employment attorney. His practice focuses on representing United States federal employees who require reasonable accommodation and/or disability retirement. Mr. Pines is in-house counsel for the largest federal employee labor union representing employees at the Social Security Administration, the V.A., and all other federal agencies. With a strong background in collective bargaining, fighting disability discrimination under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act of 1973, assisting with reasonable accommodation, mediation and dispute resolution, Eric possesses exceptional skills to navigate the intricacies of workplace dynamics.

What distinguishes Eric is his professional expertise and his personal connections. Having close family members with disabilities, he is driven by a profound passion to empower employees and employers in fostering inclusive workplaces. Eric believes in providing people with the opportunity to showcase their abilities and thrive in a fair and fulfilling work environment. Eric draws from his expertise as a Federal Employee Mediator at the Library of Congress, ensuring well-rounded, captivating, and enlightening discussions.

It is crucial to create a workplace environment free from discrimination and belittlement towards disabled employees. They demonstrate that their circumstances do not hinder them from pursuing fulfilling careers or contributing valuable skills. They exhibit remarkable talents and abilities, defeating significant challenges in life while undoing social barriers and overcoming career obstacles. Listen to Disability Inclusion in the Workplace at www.pinesfederal.com.

Disability and Inclusion in the Workplace Eric Pines

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    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

According to the World Health Organization, 1.6 billion people in the world presently have a significant disability. That’s around 1 in 6 people living with a medical condition that potentially affects their ability to perform the essential functions of their position if they are members of the workforce.[1] Disabled employees often face obstacles that prevent them from performing their desired or obtained job completely. When working without proper accommodation, it also reduces their productivity in the workforce, harming their employers. Sadly, a significant number of employers and job opportunities fail to adequately accommodate them, resulting in a substantial gap in productivity or inability to work at all. This not only hinders businesses from accessing the finest talents but deprives disabled individuals of the most fitting career prospects that align with their abilities.

Discover solutions on Disability Inclusion and Accommodation in the Workplace, a podcast uniting disabled individuals, employers, HR officers, and legal experts. This podcast is the ultimate guide to advocating for accessibility. Empower yourself to assert your needs and let your employers provide the necessary support to enhance your productivity, regardless of personal difficulties. Empower your business by assisting your disabled employees with accommodations they need for a productive work environment. For employers, consider this a guide to creating an inclusive workplace where all feel welcome. Learn to make employees comfortable and valued while ensuring compliance with employment laws.

Gain insights from industry leaders in the United States and worldwide as they share inclusive approaches implemented in their professional setups. This show delves into the crucial role of HR officers in shaping workplace culture; enhance your knowledge of creating an inclusive hiring and onboarding process. Explore the most effective approaches to attract and recruit talented individuals with disabilities for your team. This podcast caters to lawyers who specialize or work on legal matters related to workplace compliance. Keep abreast of the most recent updates and changes in corporate and business law that impact disabled employees.

Esteemed host Eric Pines brings a wealth of experience as a labor and employment attorney. His practice focuses on representing United States federal employees who require reasonable accommodation and/or disability retirement. Mr. Pines is in-house counsel for the largest federal employee labor union representing employees at the Social Security Administration, the V.A., and all other federal agencies. With a strong background in collective bargaining, fighting disability discrimination under the ADA/Rehabilitation Act of 1973, assisting with reasonable accommodation, mediation and dispute resolution, Eric possesses exceptional skills to navigate the intricacies of workplace dynamics.

What distinguishes Eric is his professional expertise and his personal connections. Having close family members with disabilities, he is driven by a profound passion to empower employees and employers in fostering inclusive workplaces. Eric believes in providing people with the opportunity to showcase their abilities and thrive in a fair and fulfilling work environment. Eric draws from his expertise as a Federal Employee Mediator at the Library of Congress, ensuring well-rounded, captivating, and enlightening discussions.

It is crucial to create a workplace environment free from discrimination and belittlement towards disabled employees. They demonstrate that their circumstances do not hinder them from pursuing fulfilling careers or contributing valuable skills. They exhibit remarkable talents and abilities, defeating significant challenges in life while undoing social barriers and overcoming career obstacles. Listen to Disability Inclusion in the Workplace at www.pinesfederal.com.

    Executive Function Coaching: Supporting Individuals With Neurodiverse Conditions With Katey Treloar

    Executive Function Coaching: Supporting Individuals With Neurodiverse Conditions With Katey Treloar

    In this episode of "Disability Inclusion and Accommodation in the Workplace," host Eric Pines welcomes Katey Treloar, an independent executive function coach. Eric Pines, an attorney with over 20 years of experience, specializes in representing federal employees with disabilities. Together, they explore the essential role of executive function skills in fostering inclusivity in professional settings.
    Key Discussion Points:
    Understanding Executive Function Skills: Katey explains the importance of executive function skills such as organization, goal-directed persistence, working memory, task initiation, and prioritization. Supporting Neurodiverse Individuals: Katey shares her approach to coaching clients with ADHD, autism, and other learning disabilities, focusing on building effective strategies for success at home and in the workplace. Coaching for All Ages: While Katey’s personal focus is on college students and working professionals, she highlights the availability of coaching for individuals of all ages, including children. Overcoming Barriers: Eric and Katey discuss the spectrum of disabilities, emphasizing the importance of a comprehensive support system that includes coaching, academic tutoring, life coaching, medication, and therapy. Implementing Reasonable Accommodations: Practical advice is given on how employers can support employees with disabilities through reasonable accommodations and coaching, creating a more inclusive and supportive work environment. Notable Quotes:
    "We can give them very small goals with manageable steps and scaffold those until they become a habit." – Katey Treloar "It's important to identify struggles and capitalize on superpowers to help individuals be successful." – Katey Treloar Resources Mentioned:
    Atomic Habits https://a.co/d/1fDNPWn
    Percy Jackson Series: https://a.co/d/f4oofgT
    ADHD Rewired Podcast: https://www.adhdrewired.com/podcast/
    Neurotribes: https://a.co/d/dtOsQaI
    https://www.efcsessions.com/
    Read about Katy Here: https://medium.com/authority-magazine/disability-inclusion-in-the-workplace-katey-treloar-of-executive-function-coaching-on-how-5a8ddaab8a7f
    Join Eric and Katey for an enlightening conversation on how to create empowered and welcoming professional settings for all employees. This episode is packed with valuable insights for business owners, employers, HR officers, and individuals seeking to foster growth and success irrespective of their challenges.
    Tune in to be part of the transformative movement towards inclusivity. Keep listening to more episodes at PinesFederal.com for valuable insights and resources to break down barriers and end workplace discrimination.
     

    • 20 min
    The Strengths Of Neurodiversity In The Workplace With Dr. Valeriana Colón

    The Strengths Of Neurodiversity In The Workplace With Dr. Valeriana Colón

    Join this episode where Eric Pines interviews Dr. Valeriana Colón, who stands boldly at the intersection of information technology and cultural emotional intelligence. Author of Do You Think Differently, Dr. Colón seamlessly fuses her extensive expertise as a seasoned business executive and academic with an unwavering dedication to cultivating innovation and harnessing the transformative potential of neurodiversity in information technology solutioning. Tune in as we explore how neurodiversity can be strengths in the workplace, and how teams that leverage this variety of strengths can achieve incredible results. We also look into the concept of “complementary skills” – how pairing someone who excels at deep focus with someone who thrives in fast-paced environments can lead to well-rounded and successful teams. Discover the hidden potential within your team today!
    Content Mentioned in the podcast: 
    Supercommunicators book: https://a.co/d/9ytQfPA
    Nate Silvers: The Signal and the Noise https://a.co/d/0Cmudty
    https://connectcentric.com/
    Learn more at: www.pinesfederal.com 
     

    • 21 min
    Understanding Healthcare Needs Of Employees With IDD With Dr. Craig Escudé From IntellectAbilty

    Understanding Healthcare Needs Of Employees With IDD With Dr. Craig Escudé From IntellectAbilty

    Have you ever considered the healthcare challenges faced by employees with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)? Join Eric Pines in this episode, where he dives deep into this often-overlooked topic with Dr. Craig Escudé, the president of IntellectAbility and a champion for health equity in the IDD community. Dr. Escudé shares his powerful journey from family physician to advocate, highlighting the gaps in healthcare knowledge and support for people with IDD. He discusses the importance of recognizing the individual behind the disability and the transformative power of person-centered care. Be inspired by Dr. Escudé’s dedication and the resilience of the IDD community. Tune in and be part of the movement towards a more inclusive and equitable workplace for all!
    Learn More at: https://replacingrisk.com/
    V=TO learn More about Eric visit: https://www.pinesfederal.com/ 
     

    • 22 min
    The Fight For Inclusion And Accessibility For The Blind With Tom Babinski

    The Fight For Inclusion And Accessibility For The Blind With Tom Babinski

    Organizations all over the world and across all industries and sectors still have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to being truly inclusive and accessible to people with disabilities. Today’s guest has spent the past 25 years and counting trying to make that happen, especially for the blind and visually impaired. Tom Babinski strongly believes that inclusivity and accessibility should be a default state. Nevertheless, he recognizes the limitations of the reality on the ground and the role of accommodation in reducing barriers. Tune in as Tom shares his powerful story that led him to this honorable advocacy!
    Check out more of our stuff at our website: https://www.pinesfederal.com/
    Learn More Here: Evengrounds.com
     
     
     

    • 30 min
    RightHear: A Wayfinding Tool For The Sight-Impaired With Idan Meir

    RightHear: A Wayfinding Tool For The Sight-Impaired With Idan Meir

    Promoting digital inclusion ensures that everyone, regardless of background or ability, has equitable access to the vast opportunities and resources the digital world has to offer. In this episode, Eric Pines interviews Idan Meir, the Co-Founder and CEO of RightHear, a wayfinding app that allows sight-impaired and those who struggle to read with dyslexia or similar disabilities to find their way around the world. The application is free and easily accessible on your smartphone, available for download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. Companies can embrace this transformative technology with minimal investment, as the app effectively replaces traditional braille, adapting to the evolving technological landscape of our society. Join us as we delve into the innovation and societal impact of this remarkable tool.
    Check out more of our stuff at our website: https://www.pinesfederal.com/
    Learn More Here: https://www.right-hear.com/

    • 20 min
    Helping People See Using Electronic Eyewear With Aaron Tutwiler

    Helping People See Using Electronic Eyewear With Aaron Tutwiler

    Are you suffering from a visual impairment? Today, Aaron Tutwiler, the CEO of eSight Corporation, introduces what their electronic eyewear can do for you. eSight is a company that produces high-tech wearable glasses that allow vision-impaired as well as legally blind people to see. This amazing technology can accommodate people who would otherwise be unable to be part of the workforce and work in the job of their preference. eSight has since grown to become the leading sight enhancement platform, led by an executive team with the vision to do more.
    Check out more of our stuff on our website: https://www.pinesfederal.com/
    Learn More at: https://www.esighteyewear.com/
    The Travelers Gift: Andy Andrews: (https://www.amazon.com/Travelers-Gift-Andy-Andrews/dp/0785273220) 

    • 22 min

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Really Interesting Interviews

I like the concept of this podcast featuring real people from different backgrounds covering different topics. I love to explore different podcasts while I’m working and this is one I’ve added to my list!

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