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October 28, 2020

2020 Disability Employment Summit

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Disability Employment Summit 3DDS3D

September 17, 2020

Alabama Works Virtual Conference



The first Alabama Works  Virtual Workforce Conference was held September 17th. Disability:IN Alabama had a booth and met several employers around the state! We had fun chatting about inclusion and diversity and how hiring people with disabilities is good for business!

July 13-16, 2020

2020 Disability:IN Conference


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2020 Disability:IN Conference
JUly 13th-16th 2020 Now Virtual

January 2020

Medical and Psychological Aspects of

Disability in the Workplace


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The Chamber Leadership Alliance (CLA) is greatly looking forward to our last in-person training of the year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, hosted by the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce from September 28th to the 29th! In this Chamber Leadership Development Program (CLDP), we will highlight our four core competencies: fundraising, grant writing, and access to capital; leadership development and chamber governance; strategic planning and business plan development; as well as administration and sustainability. This training will feature Sam Leal Fouad, Professional Faculty at the University of New Mexico in the Anderson Department of Finance, International, Technology and Entrepreneurship, complementing our peer-to-peer learning environment. CLDP is dedicated to educating the chamber leaders who support the diverse businesses and entrepreneurs in their communities. CLA is proud to partner with the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), and the US Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation (USPAACC).  https://www.chamberleadershipalliance.org/news/5sxnyuf6uul3nqcer5oqeczzp93jp6

September 2019

Disability:IN Affiliates meet up at the

Chamber Leadership Alliance in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The third annual Governor’s Job Fair For People With Disabilities welcomed a large crowd of prospective employees to Montgomery’s Multiplex at Cramton Bowl Thursday, Oct. 3. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, along with several state agencies and industries, stressed the importance of providing opportunities for people with disabilities.

October 2019

Governor's Job Fair for People with Disabilities


Members of Disability:IN Alabama enjoyed the national conference held in Chicago, IL July 15-18. During the conference, affiliates got to share best practices, new branding material, lessons learned and lots of hugs! This conference is one of the highlights of the year for Disability:IN!

July 2019

Disability:IN Hosts National Conference in Chicago


The Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services and Montgomery Area Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN Alabama invited other state agencies and friends to celebrate the 29th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act Thursday, July 25. The group gathered in the fourth-floor conference room of the ADRS 560 S. Lawrence St. building to celebrate this important day in history. The event was also sponsored by GOOD, Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Services, and the Alabama Department of Public Health.

July 2019

ADA 29th anniversary celebration


DATE:  APRIL 16, 2019

DESCRIPTION: Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are internal organizational structures designed to address the unique needs and issues of today's diverse workforce. Also known as Affinity Groups or Business Resource Groups (BRGs), they are found in 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies and are gaining additional business support across the country. These groups offer employees an opportunity to network, address common issues and concerns, and receive support from those who share similar backgrounds, experiences, or interests.This webinar will review different models, the benefits of implementing resource groups, and use EARN's Toolkit for Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups to help interested employers to prepare to launch their first group or graft in new practices to current groups.TRAINER:  Derek Shields, EARN Consultant

April 2019

Establishing and Maintaining Successful

Disability Employee Resource Groups


Download: EARN ERG Toolkit (1).pdf

March 2019

Medical and Psychological Aspects of

Disability in the Workplace


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February 2018

Disability:IN Chairperson appointed to Alabama Department of Rehabilitation Services Board


Throughout his business career, Mr. Wilkinson has been a vocal and tireless advocate for workers with disabilities.

His compliance work with Colonial Bank to implement requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) – done in tandem with ADRS – became a personal passion and resulted in the creation of his consulting practice and of ALIG, both of which assist other companies with similar interests and compliance goals.

ADRS Commissioner Jane Elizabeth Burdeshaw said she is pleased with Gov. Ivey’s choice.

“Mr. Wilkinson’s extensive experience as a human resources professional has given him valuable insight for disability-related issues, and he has already proven himself to be a vocal and tireless advocate for workers with disabilities,” Burdeshaw said. “He’s a great person who has impeccable business credentials, who also happens to be the parent of a child with a disability.”

Wilkinson’s 11-year-old daughter, Bergen, has Down syndrome. She has been served through an array of services from ADRS as well as the Bell Center and United Ability (formerly UCP of Birmingham).

“I feel like all of the advocacy work I have done throughout my career was preparing me for the birth of my daughter,” said Wilkinson. “In turn, Bergen has helped me broaden my own relationship with ADRS to forge new and exciting partnerships to further recruitment and retention of persons with disabilities.”

In 2013, Wilkinson joined the Board of Directors of the Alabama Business Leadership Network (ABLN), whose mission is to maintain a network of business with a commitment to disability issues. He was elected vice chairman in 2015 and chairman in 2016. As chairman, he collaborates with other Alabama business leaders to provide resources, information links, and qualified job candidates to employers throughout the state. Through his work with ABLN, he is actively involved in the United States Business Leadership Network, which connects him with business leaders from around the country.

Wilkinson will be sworn in at the March 16 meeting. He fills the seat vacated by Roger McCullough, who rolled off the board last fall. He joins board members Stephen Kayes, District 1; Board Chairman Jimmie Varnado, District 2; Penny Foster, District 3; Eddie Williams, District 5; and Mitch Strickland, District 7. Andrea Collett, the representative for District 4, resigned in December. The appointment of her successor is pending.

About the Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services

The Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services consists of seven members, one from each U.S. Congressional District. Board members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Alabama Senate. Alabama law requires that three members be individuals with a disability, selected from consumer disability organizations; one member be the parent of a child with a disability; and three members be from organizations of business and industry within the state.

The board oversees the department’s operations and is the governing authority of programs administered by ADRS. Duties carried out by the board range from appointing the ADRS commissioner to establishing rules and regulations for the provision of its services. The board directs and supervises legislative appropriations, shares information that concerns and promotes interest in disability and rehabilitation issues, and takes action to guarantee the rights of and services to people with disabilities.


A prominent member of the Birmingham business community has been appointed to represent Congressional District 6 on the Alabama Board of Rehabilitation Services.

Charles Wilkinson, the founder and chief executive officer of Human Resource Management Inc. (HRM), a consulting firm specializing in human resource management compliance, will represent business and industry on the seven-member board. He was appointed by Gov. Kay Ivey and confirmed by the Alabama Senate.

Wilkinson is a founding member and current president of the Alabama Industry Liaison Group (ALIG), a coalition of federal contractors committed to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.

Prior to founding HRM in 1999, Wilkinson served as vice president and director of human resources for Colonial Bank.


January 2018

Disability:IN Alabama and Readi-Net  provide Medial Aspects of Disability Training for employers


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January 2018

Medical and Psychological Aspects of

Disability in the Workplace