At Lifeworks, we envision accessible, equitable, and diverse communities. To ensure our communities are radically inclusive of people with disabilities, we’ve developed the Listen. Educate. Navigate.™ model to advance disability inclusion. In partnership with community members and businesses, Lifeworks offers listening sessions, disability inclusion trainings, and navigation to help build communities and workplaces that are radically inclusive of people with disabilities.
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During a listening session, participants share their experience and perspective on disability within their community or workplace. The goal is to understand where communities are along their disability inclusion journey, and how Lifeworks can best partner to provide services and offering tailored to communities.
Listening sessions are in-person events hosted by a Lifeworks staff member for up to 30 people. Attendees walk away from listening sessions with more awareness of disability in their community and actionable steps they can take to start creating a more inclusive environment.
Disability Inclusion Trainings
Disability inclusion trainings educate communities and businesses on how to create radically inclusive environments in partnership with people with disabilities. Each training is interactive and centers the voices and experiences of people with disabilities to educate attendees first-hand on the role they can take in advancing disability inclusion.
Disability inclusion trainings are facilitated by a Lifeworks staff member, are 1 to 2 hours in length, and can be in-person or virtual. Trainings include a panel of people with disabilities to bring knowledge from the page to real-life application. Attendees leave disability inclusion trainings with practical strategies to implement inclusivity in their communities and workplaces.
Current training topics:
- Inclusive Workplaces for People with Disabilities
- Disability Rights and History
- More coming soon!
At Lifeworks, we know the disability services system is complex and often difficult to understand. Through Navigation, we help people with disabilities break down barriers to the resources and services they want and need. We work through the complexities of benefits, waiver funding, and self-directing care with a goal of making disability services more accessible and inclusive of all people.
Navigation is delivered in culturally specific ways and is informed by knowledge we gain as we listen to people with disabilities and the feedback we receive as we educate our communities. We offer complimentary 30-minute sessions to people with disabilities and their care teams to discover what life they want to live and how we can leverage our expertise to get them there.
Disability Inclusion Resources
Disability is a normal part of human variation with many dimensions. Common types of disabilities include physical, sensory, intellectual, learning, and mental health. Disabilities can be present from birth or acquired at any stage of life and can have varying degrees of severity and impact on an individual’s everyday life.