Decoding the Mystery of Disability Employment, Lunch & Learn Session 3: Strategies for Working with Employees with Disabilities

July 25, 2017 - July 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

RSVP by 5 p.m., Friday, July 21st.

Registration and buffet lunch opens at 11:30 a.m. Meeting begins at 11:50 a.m.

This Lunch & Learn Series covers successful strategies for employing individuals with disabilities. The series is designed for human resource professionals and small business managers.

HR Certification Credit is approved for 1.25 HRCI general credit and 1.25 SHRM professional credit.


Registration cost: $10 and includes lunch.

Program Topic: Strategies for Working with Employees with Disabilities

Program Summary: As more individuals with disabilities enter the workforce, many employers have questions about what the proper etiquette is when working with these individuals.  No one wants to feel like they have unknowingly made an offensive comment or were insensitive to another person.  The goal of any company should be to have a work environment that is comfortable for all employees and encourages them to perform at their highest level.

Session 3 seeks to address employer questions and interest in a comfortable and open format, while incorporating a panel of individuals with disabilities sharing their personal experiences in the workforce.

The purpose of this session is to help HR professionals and small business managers learn proper etiquette, sensitivity, and strategies for working with employees who have a disability.

  • General guidelines when working with employees with a disability.
  • Using the appropriate terminology and why it really does make a difference.
  • Strategies for working with specific disabilities.

Primary Presenters:

Mike Teachey, Lead Facilitator/Director of Greenville CAN

Chris Sparrow, Presenter/Employment Services Coordinator at Able South Carolina

Your Questions: The format will include a Q & A discussion. We invite you to submit your questions in advance here.

Speaker Chris Sparrow. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from USC-Upstate, and has also earned certificates of Graphic and Web Design from Greenville Tech. In 2012, Chris experienced a rare spinal cord event that left him paralyzed below the waist.  Because of the things he learned about the world of disability and about himself, he decided to dedicate his life to helping to improve his community, state, and country to be more inclusive and accessible for individuals with disabilities.  Chris has been working tirelessly at the nonprofit Center for Independent Living, Able SC in Greenville. Chris first started as an Independent Living Specialist and is now the Upstate Employment Services Coordinator.  At Able SC, Chris is the Program Coordinator for Able SC CareerBOOST, he is a Ticket to Work counselor, he assists with ADA compliance assessments, and coordinates the monthly in-person peer support group for the Greenville office.  He is currently pursuing his Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator certification. Chris participates on Greenville CAN’s Leadership Team and the Supportive Services Workgroup.  He is also a member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Greenville Class 43.  In addition, Chris is on the Greater Upstate Region Sector Strategy Team and the SC Works Worklink Priority Populations Committee. In his free time Chris enjoys racing handcycles and other adaptive sports like downhill and cross-country mountain biking, adaptive snow and water skiing.  Chris and his wife Kelly also enjoy the Upstate’s blossoming restaurant scene on the weekends.

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