May is Mental Health Awareness Month – Watch DI-NC’s Wellness@Work Virtual Event!!
On May 4th, Disability:IN NC hosted keynote Dr. Thomas Dooley as he presented insights on the Opioid Crisis and potential solutions, including his own research that led toward an alternative therapy for anxiety disorders. He also discussed the mental health ramifications of the current COVID-19 Crisis. Thanks Cris Rogers for the video.
Wellness@Work Will be a Virtual Event to Align with Covid-19 Social Distancing Recommendations
At Disability:IN North Carolina, the unexpected disruption of COVID-19 continues to remind us just how agile and equipped the disability community is when called to quickly adapt to unforeseen obstacles by finding innovative ways to meet the needs of our Business Members/Sponsors and Community Partners.
Please join us on Monday, May 4th from 9 AM to 11:30 AM for our Wellness@Work virtual event! Registration is now open!! Thank you to MetLife and their Diverse Abilities Network for serving as our host-sponsors for this event. Companies like MetLife understand that our country is experiencing a major crisis in mental health and COVID-19 has only magnified the issue.
Come join businesses that promote workplace wellness and become part of the solution to this crisis.
Wellness@Work Registration is OPEN – REGISTER HERE
Attendance at the 2019 Disability:IN NC Fall conference topped out at 138 participants, making this conference the largest in the history of the organization. Hosted by Ingersoll Rand in Davidson NC, the conference planning team from Ingersoll Rand and SAS Institute did an outstanding job coordinating the day long event. Evan Turtz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Ingersoll Rand, welcomed participants by challenging other Senior Executives to take a leadership role in disability inclusion within their organizations. Evan is the Executive Sponsor of Ingersoll Rand’s VisAbility employee resource group, which fosters inclusion and career development for employees who have disabilities.
Disability:IN North Carolina hosts Thought Leader Luncheons to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month.
Thought Leader Luncheons are targeted, half-day events that are hosted across the state to raise awareness, expand disability inclusion and reduce stigma. In 2018, Brian Clark, J.D. brought his compelling narrative on reducing the stigma of mental illness to Thought Leader Luncheons held in Raleigh on May 17, Charlotte on June 14 and Asheville on August 9, 2018. Event sponsors included Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, Asheville Buncombe County Technical Community College, MetLife, Triangle Industry Liaison Group, Partners Behavioral Healthcare Management and Vaya Health.
Thanks to TIAA for Hosting the 2018 Disability:IN North Carolina Fall Conference!
Disability:IN North Carolina holds an annual conference in October to honor National Disability Employment Awareness Month. TIAA hosted our 2018 Fall Conference on October 4, 2018 in Charlotte, NC for a audience of over 80 business representatives. The Disability:IN Fall Conference is also a great networking opportunity for job seekers with disabilities, employment service agencies, and advocates for disability inclusion.
Thanks to Kevin Rumley and MetLife for Making Our Thought Leaders Luncheon a Huge Success!
On May 16, 2019 Disability:IN North Carolina held our fifth Thought Leaders Luncheon in Cary, NC. Keynote speaker, Kevin Rumley had the crowd transfixed by his moving and very powerful story of his journey to recovery from injuries he sustained in Iraq as a Marine. The purple heart recipient, returned to civilian life only to face new challenges, mental health and addiction.