Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act as Part of Inclusion and Equity

Wednesday, October 18, 2023
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Faculty, Staff

GVSU Inclusion & Equity Institute Color Burst

In an inclusive environment, it is important to understand leading practices concerning communication and accommodation of individuals with disabilities. During this interactive session, participants will briefly review the nuts and bolts of the Americans with Disabilities Act, explore the process for a disability-related accommodation request, and examine inclusive language and conduct for non-disabled allies to implement in everyday life. Then we will explore and discuss, through case studies, the recent trends in accommodation requests, pre and post pandemic, for employees in higher education and other industries. 

Learning Outcomes - Participants will be able to:

  • Understand the impact of language as it pertains to the topic of disability
  • Recall and implement leading practices for communicating with individuals with disabilities
  • Identify and implement ways to be a better ally for individuals with disabilities, including those who are accompanied by service animals
  • Learn about GVSU’s disability accommodation process
  • Learn about the Americans with Disabilities Act


  • Kathleen VanderVeen, Ph.D. (She/her) Associate Vice President
  • Shontaye Witcher, Ph.D. (She/her) Assistant Vice President

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Contact Information

Inclusion & Equity Institute

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 616-331-4111



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This event was added to the calendar by Sydney Hohlbein (hohlbeis@mail.gvsu.edu) on Monday, September 11, 2023 at 12:20 p.m.