Program explores resources for students and employees with disabilities

Being a successful employee or student may require a little extra support, especially if you have a disability. There should be no shame in requesting assistance that helps you to succeed. NIU offers many resources to employees and students with qualified disabilities to provide reasonable accommodations, equitable access, modifications or adjustments as determined necessary. On Monday, Feb. 13, “I Can Do It! I’m Just Differently-Abled” will be presented from 3- 5 p.m. in Campus Life 100. This session will highlight those resources and explain the processes involved in requesting services.

If you require special accommodations or arrangements in order to attend this session, please contact aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-6540.

This event is sponsored by Affirmative Action & Equity Compliance, Disability Resource Center and the Student Association.

There will be two presenters for this event. Susan A. Swegle, M.S., SPHR, SHRM-SCP is the assistant director of training and outreach at NIU Affirmative Action & Equity Compliance. Swegle has a vast background in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and making situations work for both the employee and the employer. She has developed strategies to work through the many changes in employment law, policies and procedures, and to develop informative training sessions to assist management and employees with these necessary transformations. She is a dynamic and entertaining trainer who is able to inform and enlighten the attendee while still making serious topics interesting and a little fun. She specializes in AAEC New Employee Orientation, Title IX and Non-Discrimination, and ADA training.

Debra A. Miller, M.A., CRC is the director of the Disability Resource Center and an adjunct professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor and a licensed teacher of the visually impaired. Miller worked at Anixter Center in Chicago for many years as a program manager, serving transitioning youth and adults with disabilities. She was recruited for the district vocational evaluator position at the Maine Township High Schools and after five years moved to DeKalb. She has been at NIU since 2009 and with the Disability Resource Center since July 2015. Miller says the best part of her job is collaborating with staff, students, parents and faculty to assist students registered with the DRC toward equitable access to everything that NIU has to offer.

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