Alliance of State Employees with Disabilities Fall Conference

September 19 2007, 9:00 – Noon

State Library of Michigan

Economics of Disability

in a Changing Workplace

8:30   Registration begins

9:00   The Leadership Perspective

        Senator John Gleason

        OSE Director M. Scott Bowen

The speakers shared their unique leadership perspective on what state government should do, as an employer, in recognition that society's most economical approach to people with disabilities is to have us actively engaged in the workforce.

10:15 2007 Disability Advocate Award to Toni McFarland


10:40   Alice Dreger, Ph.D. Keynote

The Cost of ‘Medicalizing' Disability in the Workplace

Dr. Dreger, Associate Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, used non-traditional disability group experiences to explore how ‘medicalizing' disability increases economic and social cost.

11:30    The Employee Perspective

      Lisa K. Gigliotti Mary I. Pollock
      Edward F. Rodgers John T. Sanford
      Duncan O. Wyeth Patrick D. Cannon, Moderator

The panel of influential employees with disabilities related the morning's messages to their personal and professional experiences in state service.

12:00    Wrap-up – information Displays in Library Rotunda

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