Workplace Accommodations & Return to Work

Presented by CROET and PSU Occupational Health Psychology Program


Friday, November 5, 2010 from 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
University Place, 310 SW Lincoln Street, Portland Oregon 97201
Wahkeena Falls & Elowah Rooms


Symposium Description

In today's market, employers who want to compete for the best talent have come to recognize the importance of providing accommodations for employees. This includes those with mental or physical disabilities as well as those who are returning to work after injuries that have occurred either within the workplace or outside of the workplace, such as returning service men and women. These sessions will present the most recent thinking and best practices on providing accommodations to workers, and for helping employees return to work after sickness, injury, and military service as well as those with lifelong mental and physical disabilities.


Program Agenda

8:00 -  9:15  Registration & Refreshments

9:15 -  9:30  Introduction

9:30 - 10:30 Emerging Issues on Disability and the Workplace: Implications for Employers and Safety Professionals  Suzanne Bruyere, PhD, CRC, Cornell University, Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) School, Associate Dean of Outreach, Professor of Disability Studies, Director of Employment and Disability Institute.

10:30 -10:45 Break

10:45 -11:45 Returning From War – Reentering Society  Allen R. Brown, MSW, CSWA, Readjustment Therapist, Portland Vet Center.

11:45 -12:45 Lunch (provided)

12:45 -1:45 Integrating Resources for Return to Work After Industrial Injuries  Robert T. Williams, Reemployment Consultant, Preferred Worker Program, Oregon Workers' Compensation Division.

1:45 - 2:00  Break

2:00 - 3:00 The Business Community Connection

Karen Walters, CEO, Washington State Business Leadership Network.
Shari Rita,Training Coordinator and Consultant, Northwest ADA Center

3:00 - 3:30  Summary Panel and Q & A   Moderated by Donald Truxillo, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Occupational Health Psychology Program, Portland State University.

ABIH has approved 0.75 safety continuing education points for industrial hygienists.