Each October, a month of activities celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

All Access Quarterly Meeting

Wednesday, October 4, 10:00 - 11:00 am

Join us at our ERG's quarterly meeting to learn about upcoming NDEAM events and updates on initiatives and projects. Everyone is welcome.


All Access Banner Raising

Wednesday, October 4, 1:30 pm 

Outside Building 65

Join All Access ERG members and leaders as we raise our NEW All Access banner in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness month (NDEAM)! 

Navigating the Unseen: Screen Reader and Alt Text Workshop

Thursday, October 5, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

In this live demo and tutorial, Jeremy Snyder, an All Access Digital Accessibility leader, will give a brief overview of VoiceOver. This program is a screenreader built into Apple products to enable blind and vision-impaired users to navigate the digital world. Participants will write alt-text which screen readers use to describe images and other visual information. Participants will learn best practices for alt-text and other easy accessibility measures.

Watch the recording here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1ZIHvxFEn1IROex9vU6FIj6aL2DGPA_dN/view?usp=sharing

Wellness in the New Normal

Tuesday, October 10, 12:15 - 12:45 pm 

We are re-launching Wellness in the New Normal! Join is at this kick-off meeting to discuss our goals for this recurring mutual support event.


All Access Trivia! ADHD and Learning Disability Acceptance Month

Friday, October 20, 2:00 - 3:00 pm 

Join the Neurodiversity working group for our hybrid kickoff trivia event as a part of ADHD and Learning Disability Acceptance Month. We’ll be hosting a trivia game based on facts to help people learn about neurodiversity and its impacts (both positive and negative) on people’s lives. All lab employees are welcome!

Around 15% to 20% of the population is considered to be neurodivergent. While living with neurodivergent conditions can be challenging in a society that favours those who are neurotypical, neurodiversity is the result of a normal, natural variation in the human genome and can offer significant advantages both on an individual level and to an organization such as LBNL. 


What's Under Your Iceberg?

Monday, October 23, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

At work, we often see only a small slice of our colleagues' life experience. How can we learn about and support each other's "unseen" challenges? Join us for an interview and discussion with "Invisible Not Broken" podcaster Monica Michelle  on experiencing and managing the hidden issues and stresses that can affect workplace and team productivity. The perspectives of both challenged person AND caretaker will be covered.


Going Deaf: A Personal Story of Success and Accessibility

Wednesday, October 25, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Karyn Houston, from DOE's Office of Science, will share experiences from her unique hearing journey after completely losing hearing as an adult. She will share how she uses technology, along with ways to cope and adjust, in this inspiring presentation.


Workplace Emergency Preparedness for Access and Functional Needs  

Friday, October 27, 10:00 - 11:00 am 

Join Ayla Quesada, Lab leader in emergency preparedness, as she reviews lessons learned from the Great Shakeout as related to staff living with disabilities.

Is someone you know in need of a custom emergency evacuation plan? This is the presentation to attend to ensure your specific needs, and those of your colleagues, are accounted for in the case of a Lab emergency. Invite your colleagues.


Getting Started with SiteImprove 

Friday, October 27, 1:00 - 2:00 pm 

Looking for a way to get started making your web site accessible? Join the All-Access Digital Accessibility Committee for a virtual SiteImprove clinic. Begin leveraging this free tool to identify issues with your site and learn simple steps you can take right away to improve access. You'll get an orientation to the tool and one-on-one help with interpreting results for your site. Please register by October 20 so the team can make sure your site is connected to the UC SiteImprove master account and has had an initial crawl. If you can log in and see data at siteimprove.ucop.edu, you can register anytime in advance.

Register now: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSes2ydGftNMPDqe_UFtPeLeXOS4Ct6l2aO015WCke4KLaovcg/viewform

ADHD in Girls and Women: Historic Underrepresentation, Long-term Outcomes, and Stigma

Monday, October 30, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has long been ignored or even denied in females. Dr. Stephen Hinshaw, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley and Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UC San Francisco, will speak on his team’s research toward the reasons for the long-standing neglect of ADHD in girls and women, and focus on the stigma that clings to this issue.

Watch the recording here:


All Zoom events will have closed captions enabled. If you require additional accommodations to attend and/or participate fully please get in touch with us (allaccessleaders@lbl.gov).

A Bit of History 

2023 is the 50th anniversary of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, which required affirmative action in employment by the federal government and by government contractors, and prohibited discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by federal agencies, in programs receiving federal financial assistance, in federal employment, and in the employment practices of federal contractors.