Mission: The mission of FACts is to hold space to discuss and help align mismatched interactions in physical accessibility, neurodiversity, and mental health. All employees are invited to the table to share any part of their personal experiences to enhance our collective understanding of and support for accessibility.
Vision: All members of the Fermilab community experience full physical, psychological, and intellectual access to benefits, special programming, and standard laboratory operations. All members of the community can implement best practices to ensure accessibility for their colleagues.
Areas of Focus:
- Understanding what physical, psychological, and intellectual accessibility looks like for employees, visitors and guests
- Building a system of support based on individual experience and sharing of resources such as requesting accommodations, disability and leave, using the Employee Assistance Program, understanding physical and psychological safety, and others
- Organizing accessibility programming and learning opportunities for teamwork and advocacy
- Championing accessible workplace tools and platforms
Fermi Accessibility Communities launched on July 27, 2022 in alignment with the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. A recording of the brown bag luncheon is available here. The announcement for Fermilab employees is available here.
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Resources & News
- Observing Disability Pride Month this July, Human Rights Watch, July 22, 2022
- How COVID made physics more accessible, Symmetry, September 21, 2021
- Disability in STEM: A conversation with Dr. Mahita Jarjapu, ecrLife, January 14, 2021
- NPR: A.D.A Now! (podcast), July 30, 2020
- How to: Building a neurodiverse workforce, Organization for Autism Research, April 6, 2020
- Approaching disability like a scientist, Symmetry, May 29, 2018
- Disability:IN: Disability Etiquette – A Starting Guide
- Equip for Equality: Advancing the Human & Civil Rights of People with Disabilities in Illinois: Illinois ADA Project
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