Decoding the Mystery of Disability Employment, Session II: Accommodations & Essential Job Functions

April 25, 2017 - April 25, 2017
11:30 AM EDT to 1:00 PM EDT
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Greenville Tech Center for Manufacturing Innovation
575 Millennium Blvd
Greenville, SC 29607

Registration and Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. The presentation will begin at 11:50 a.m.

Location Assistance: The meeting takes place at the new Greenville Technical College Center for Manufacturing Innovation, 575 Millenium Boulevard, Greenville. Google Maps is a bit vague on the location; the facility is to the left of Hubbell Lighting and across the street from the back parking lot of Dr. Phinnize Fisher Middle School. There are two entrances - one from a drive shared with the Hubbell side entrance, and one from a traffic circle shared with the middle school back parking lot.

GSHRM Members: Please bring and wear your name badges. Name badges will be provided for guests.

Registration cost: $10 and includes lunch.

HR Certification Credit is approved for 1 HRCI general credit and 1 SHRM professional credit.


This Lunch & Learn Series covers successful strategies for employing individuals with disabilities. The series is designed for human resource professionals and small business managers. Attendees may attend all 4 sessions or single sessions that are of interest. There is no requirement to attend previous sessions before registering for a session of interest.

Program Summary:  Employers may be ready and eager to include individuals with disabilities in their workplaces but still have questions and concerns about accommodations. What is a reasonable accommodation? How much do accommodations really cost? How do accommodations factor into the essential job functions? How can accommodations benefit my organization?  We will address these topics and more at this workshop.

The purpose of this session is to educate HR professionals and small business managers on what the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states about reasonable accommodations and essential job functions in the workforce and how you can create a more inclusive, productive work environment for your staff.

  • Local Successes:  Learn how innovative items and ideas were utilized to accommodate South Carolina employees to achieve success at their jobs.
  • Local Resources:  Learn about resources that can help you determine what accommodations may be best and how to implement them.

Program Speakers:

Jerri Davison, Able SC        
Jerri Davison, Able SC             Sandy Jordan, Able SC

Jerri Davison/Assistant Director/Able SC. Jerri is the Assistant Director at Able South Carolina, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting independence and inclusion for people with disabilities. Jerri oversees the organization’s programming, while also focusing on building strong community partnerships, advocating for solutions to systemic barriers to community inclusion, and educating professionals on the rights of individuals with disabilities. Jerri earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law. She worked as a disability rights attorney, with an emphasis on community integration and access to services, for six years at the state’s Protection and Advocacy System before coming to Able SC to join the grassroots community-based movement for access, equality, and independence for individuals with disabilities. Jerri can be reached at 864.235.1421, ext 102, or

Sandy Jordan/Director of Employment Programs/Able SC. Sandy Jordan is the Director of Employment Programs at Able South Carolina where she coordinates and facilitates the direction of the SC Disability Employment Coalition and the SC Employment First Initiative. Sandy has vast knowledge and experience in the world of disability employment, providing 10 years of career supports and guidance to individuals with disabilities. She holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina. She is a current Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Global Career Development Facilitator. Sandy feels that employment is essential to an individual’s life and loves to work with businesses to help them tap into a skilled and diverse workforce. Sandy can be reached at 864.235.1421, ext 110, or

Cancellation Policy:  Cancellations after the deadline date are subject to the meeting fee payment ($10). Please direct questions to



$10.00 Lunch & Learn Ticket - GSHRM Members

$10.00 Lunch & Learn Ticket - Guests