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2022 Inclusion Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 2022 State of Ohio Inclusion Conference will be held virtually on Wednesday, August 24th in the morning and on Thursday, August 25th in the afternoon. This year we are combining our efforts to host one conference to include both the Disability Inclusion Program and the State of Ohio Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Guest speakers will present on a variety of topics ranging from the ADA , Disability Inclusion, and Diversity and Equity topics. Please mark your calendars to join us for this great event and stay tuned for more details!

Day 1 Conference Schedule - Wednesday, August 24th

We encourage all staff to attend any session they choose. However, some sessions have been designed with specific audiences in mind. Please review the color code chart to help you select sessions to attend.

Blue = Presentations for all attendees
White = Presentations for ADA coordinators, Managers and Supervisors, HR, Selections, and Legal
Green = Presentations for Facilities, ADA Coordinators, IT

IMPORTANT:

Reasonable Accommodation: An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available only upon request for training sessions. To request a reasonable accommodation, please email odi@das.ohio.gov by Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

Presentations for all attendees
Time Session Title
8:45 - 8:58AM Conference Introduction
9:00AM Welcome from Director Kathleen C. Madden, Department of Administrative Services
9:05AM Opening Remarks - Governor Mike DeWine
9:10AM Conference Overview - James Clinkscale, State of Ohio ADA Coordinator
  2022 Inclusion Conference Opening Presentations - No registration required

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5 minute break: conference begins at 9:15AM.


Presentations for ADA coordinators, Managers and Supervisors, HR, Selections, and Legal
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9:15 - 10:25AM Management Oversight of the Reasonable Accommodation Process
  • Julie Wood, Worksite Accessibility Specialist, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
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10:30 - 11:40AM OCRC101
  • Darlene Sweeney-Newbern, Director of Regional Operations, Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC)

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This session has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education. You may receive 1 credit hour of CLE for attending this session. To receive credit, you must complete a course review and course survey no later than Friday August 26, 2022. Both the review and survey will be shared at the end of the session. It is recommended that you complete the review and survey immediately following the session.

Attendance credit will be submitted within three weeks of the session.

Please contact Chelsea Wonski with any questions by email at chelsea.wonski@das.ohio.gov.
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10:30 - 11:40AM Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Legal Update - What's Hot
  • Robin Jones, Project Director and Principal Investigator, Great Lakes ADA Center

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This session will provide insight into recent ADA dispute cases. Participants will learn of adjudicated ADA decisions and most importantly have information and guidance to establish best practices to avoid discrimination from occurring with employees and the public.
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11:45AM - 12:30PM Lunch Session - All About Employment - No registration required
  • James Clinkscale, State of Ohio ADA Coordinator
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Presentations for Facilities, ADA Coordinators, IT
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12:35 - 1:45PM 2010 Standards for Accessible Design
  • Robin Jones, Project Director and Principal Investigator, Great Lakes ADA Center

Session Materials

The Department of Justice’s revised regulations for Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) were published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2010. These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, "2010 Standards.", compliance with the 2010 Standards was required for new construction and alterations under Titles II and III and for program accessibility and barrier removal by March of 2012. Participants will learn how these revised regulations will aid agencies to perform facilities reviews to identify any architectural barriers for deaf, blind, and mobility challenged citizens, and create Transition and Action Plans to address and remove any barriers identified.
Presentations for ADA coordinators, Managers and Supervisors, HR, Selections, and Legal
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12:35 - 1:45PM OCRC: Legal Updates - Statutory and Case Law
  • Bradley S. S. Dunn, Administrative Law Judge, Ohio Civil Rights Commission
  • Christie Limbert, General Counsel, Ohio Civil Rights Commission

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Post Session Materials:

This session has been approved by the Supreme Court of Ohio Commission on Continuing Legal Education. You may receive 1 credit hour of CLE for attending this session. To receive credit, you must complete a course review and course survey no later than Friday August 26, 2022. Both the review and survey will be shared at the end of the session. It is recommended that you complete the review and survey immediately following the session.

Attendance credit will be submitted within three weeks of the session.

Please contact Chelsea Wonski with any questions by email at chelsea.wonski@das.ohio.gov.
Presentations for all attendees
Time Session Title - hyperlinks are to register.
1:47 - 1:55PM Closing and Preview Day 2 - No registration required
  • Jordan Harder, State of Ohio Administrative Services DEI/EEO Enterprise Consultant and
  • Chelsea Wonski, State of Ohio Administrative Services ADA Enterprise Consultant
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Day 2 Conference Schedule - Thursday, August 25th

We encourage all staff to attend any session they choose. However, some sessions have been designed with specific audiences in mind. Please review the color code chart to help you select sessions to attend.

Blue = Presentations for all attendees
White = Presentations for ADA coordinators, Managers and Supervisors, HR, Selections, and Legal
Green = Presentations for Facilities, ADA Coordinators, IT

IMPORTANT:
Reasonable Accommodation: An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be available only upon request for training sessions. To request a reasonable accommodation, please email odi@das.ohio.gov by Monday, Aug. 8, 2022.

Presentations for all attendees
Time Session Title
12:00 - 12:10PM Conference Introduction
12:10 - 12:15PM Welcome from Sandra Lee, State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  2022 Inclusion Conference - Day 2 Opening Presentations - No registration required

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5 minute break: conference begins at 12:20PM.


Presentations for ADA coordinators, Managers and Supervisors, HR, Selections, and Legal
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12:20 - 1:30PM Windmills - Integrating Attitudinal Disability Inclusion Training
  • James Clinkscale, State of Ohio ADA Coordinator
  • Kelly Jordan, Employer Services Manager for the Division of Employer and Innovation Services, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
  • Abbie Frase, Human Resource Learning and Development Manager, Ohio Department of Medicaid
  • Terri Vetter, Talent Development Program Manager, State Human Resources Division, Department of Administrative Services

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Presentations for Facilities, ADA Coordinators, IT
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1:35 - 2:45PM Getting Started - How to form an ADA Team for Self Evaluation
  • Robin Jones, Project Director and Principal Investigator, Great Lakes ADA Center

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This session will provide an overview on the goals and requirements of an ADA Self Evaluation for public entities. An important first step is to identify who in your organization should be a part of a Team approach to complete your self-evaluation
Presentations for ADA coordinators, Managers and Supervisors, HR, Selections, and Legal
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1:35 - 2:45PM Talent Acquisition and DEI – It’s a Perfect Match!
  • Benjamin Fournier, State Talent Acquisition Team Manager, State Human Resources Division, Department of Administrative Services
  • Destiny Davis, State Talent Acquisition Team, State Human Resources Division, Department of Administrative Services 
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Historically, there are a lot of perfect matches in the world. Peanut butter and jelly, cookies and milk, tacos and Tuesdays, but Talent Acquisition and DEI is one we should always swipe right on. You've probably heard the buzz around this partnership lately, and with good reason! Unfortunately, there are no longer plenty of fish in our hiring pools. Making it more important than ever, to be intentional about having your inclusive hiring strategy at the top of your match-making profile. Dating app puns aside, building an inclusive hiring strategy is critical in the relationship between talent acquisition and candidate experience. Never has it been more important for Talent Acquisition and DEI to join hands and partner together to create an inclusive hiring strategy.

For this one-hour session, we invite you to join the State Talent Acquisition team in exploring the value of inclusive hiring to an organization and what your teams can do to ensure all your candidates have a fair and equitable experience when applying to be a part of #TeamOhio
Presentations for Facilities, ADA Coordinators, IT
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2:50 - 4:00PM How to do a Self-Evaluation of Programs, Services, and Activities of a Public Entity
  • Robin Jones, Project Director and Principal Investigator at the Great Lakes ADA Center

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This session will focus on defining a Self-Evaluation (SE) and Transition Planning and how state agencies are impacted by this requirement. An ADA/504 self-evaluation is a comprehensive review of all activities, programs, and services operated by a public entity, changes were made to the Title II regulations and the ADA Standards for Accessible Design in 2010. Participants will learn the concepts of performing the SE and important next steps after conducting a self-evaluation, developing a transition plan for structural changes and work with the public entity’s departments and agencies to modify policies and procedures as needed to ensure appropriate access.
Presentations for all attendees
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2:50 - 4:00PM Boost Team Productivity Via Team Belonging
  • Terri Vetter, Talent Development Program Manager, State Human Resources Division, Department of Administrative Services
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This session will focus on psychological safety in the workplace and will explore actions to take so you can confidently share your ideas while showing support of your peers and colleagues. Research shared by the Center for Creative Leadership demonstrates how diverse ideas impact organizations. Benefits of valuing the ideas and experiences of team members include improved ability to recognize problems, and development of more creative solutions. These activities engage employee commitment towards new workplace opportunities while developing buy-in for final decisions and action steps. Yet the formation of a diverse team is only the beginning of the process. Team members share their ideas, perspectives, and expertise based on the extent to which they feel safe. When team members feel safe to share their ideas without worry of judgment or criticism, then the real synergies of team collaboration can be realized. The ultimate benefit is team members experience a sense of belonging while accomplishing shared goals.
4:05 - 4:15PM Closing - No registration required
  • Conference Planning Group
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Biographies

Greg Bolyard
 

Greg is a Training Project Manager at the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation focusing on agency change and employee engagement initiatives. He has more than 20 years of experience designing and facilitating leadership and professional development training. Greg has a BA in Organizational Communication from Marshall University and is Prosci certified as a Change Management Practitioner.

 


 

James Clinkscale

James serves as the deputy director/Statewide ADA coordinator for Ohio's Disability Inclusion Program within the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, a position appointed by Governor Mike DeWine in 2019. James previously worked at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities where he served as an employer services specialist, program specialist for the Governor’s Council on People with Disabilities, an Employer Services coordinator, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Windmills Training coordinator, and the Statewide coordinator for the Consumer Advisory Committee. James obtained his bachelor’s degree in psychology from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Kentucky. He earned his ADA Coordinator Training Certification via the University of Missouri College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies, and the Great Plains ADA Center.

 


 

Destiny Davis

Destiny joined the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Talent Acquisition team in 2021. Prior to state government, she worked as a Talent Acquisition Partner at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. While at NCH, I served as an HR representative on the All-Equal Diversity Employee Resource Group. Destiny is a Recruiter Academy Certified Recruiter (RACR) and a Certified Lean Practitioner. She received her MBA with a specialization in Human Resource Management from Louisiana State University and dual bachelor’s degrees from Muskingum University in Public Health and Biological Sciences.

 


 

Bradley S. S. Dunn

Bradley S. S. Dunn is an Administrative Law Judge for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. The Ohio Civil Rights Commission receives and investigates charges of discrimination in employment, housing, places of public accommodation, credit, and higher education on the basis of race, color, sex, age, ancestry, religion, national origin, disability, military status, and families with children.

Bradley has been employed by The Ohio Civil Rights Commission for 26 years and has also held the positions of Legal Intern, Investigator, Field Supervisor, Reconsideration Supervisor, Regional Director, and Interim General Counsel. He has also been the recipient of the Commission’s Employee of the Year and the Above and Beyond Awards.

Bradley graduated from The University of Akron, graduating Cum Laude, The University of Akron School of Law, and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Akron School of Law. He received a Certificate of Studies in Leadership from The Ohio State University, Glenn College of Public Affairs. He was a member of various Honor Societies and is a past President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Bradley is an active member of both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Akron Bar Association where he has served as the Chair of the Disability Law Section - winning the Chairperson of the Year Award, Vice Chair and Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section, Vice-Chair and Chair of the Diversity Committee, and is a member of the Human Resources Committee. Bradley has also served on the Board of Trustees from 2017 to 2020 and is the 2022 recipient of the Association’s Diversity Award.

He currently sits on the Board of Directors for ProjectGrad, is a Barrister in the Scanlon-Bell Inn of Court, a member of the Akron-Canton Barristers, a Fellow in the Akron Bar Fellowship, and is the recent recipient of the Black Law Student Association’s John Goodwin Jr., “Big Heart”” Award.

 


 

Benjy Fournier

Benjy currently serves as the manager of the State Talent Acquisition team, which provides guidance and consultation to State agencies, boards, and commissions for anything and everything relating to talent acquisition. Through his experience working in city and state government and his passion for public service, Benjy aims to positively impact the citizens of the State of Ohio each and every day. He welcomes connections on LinkedIn. He received his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University in Business Administration, 

 


 

Abbie Frase

Abbie is a human resource learning and development manager at the Ohio Department of Medicaid. She also serves as the chairperson of ADA Training Work Group for Ohio's Disability Inclusion Program. She has designed, developed, and presented training programs for the State's Disability Inclusion Program, DisAbility Jobs Summit, Ohio Youth Leadership Forum, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS). Abbie is certified in True Colors and Windmills Attitudinal Training Program. Prior to her current position, Abbie served as a disability claims adjudicator and training specialist at OOD and held social services roles at ODJFS. She has more than 23 years of experience in State government. She earned a Master of Education and Human Resources; Organizational Learning, Performance and Change from Colorado State University. Abbie is an active member of the State's Talent and Development Community and the State of Ohio Training Association.

 


 

Leslie Hannah, LCDC

Leslie Hannah is an Employee Assistance Program Consultant for the State of Ohio. She provides consultations and referrals to employees and management with the intent to resolve both personal and professional concerns. Leslie started her state career as an Alcohol and Drug Counselor at Pickaway Correctional Institution where OASIS – the only state operated and highly successful Therapeutic Community – was housed. OASIS was the model for all the other therapeutic communities in Ohio.

Leslie is a graduate of Ohio Dominican University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and has been a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor III since 1997. Leslie was also a member of United States Army Reserve where she received the National Defense Service Medal (Desert Storm), Army Achievement Medal, and the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal. Leslie is passionate about helping people be everything they are capable of becoming and standing up for those who cannot speak for themselves and for the rights of all who are marginalized or treated unfairly. Leslie’s talents include developing training curriculum, conducting training, facilitating Instructional skills, and providing group and individual counseling. 

 


 

Jordan Harder

Jordan is  an HCM Senior Analyst in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, Human Resources Division, where he presents trainings on DEI-related topics and works with agencies on their DEI strategic planning. Jordan is a Minnesota native with a degree in philosophy from Carleton College. He attended the University of Wisconsin Law School for one year before changing career paths and moving to Columbus. 

 


 

Robin A. Jones

Robin is the principal investigator and project director of the Great Lakes ADA Center, a member of the ADA National Network located within the Department on Disability and Human Development at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Robin has served as the director of the Center since its inception in 1991. Robin’ s academic preparation includes degrees in Public Administration and Occupational Therapy. She is an instructor within the Department of Disability and Human Development, teaching courses in disability policy, community integration, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

 


 

Kelly Jordan

Kelly Jordan is an Employer Services Manager for the Division of Employer and Innovation Services with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD). Her team is comprised of the Career Development Specialists for the Ohio College2Careers program, the agency’s Worksite Accessibility Specialist, and an Employer Services Liaison. Her team provides a variety of worksite accessibility consultation and education services as well as assists employers with connecting their internship and direct hire opportunities with college students and recent graduates. Kelly frequently speaks on topics relevant to disability awareness in the workplace at statewide conferences, chambers of commerce roundtables, community HR events, employee resource groups, and diversity education fairs.

 


 

Christie Limbert

As General Counsel, Ms. Limbert serves as the primary legal advisor for the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. She advises the Executive Director and Commissioners on all legal matters, and she coordinates and directs all legal activities of the agency in multiple areas of litigation. Before joining the Commission, Ms. Limbert served for eight years as an Assistant Attorney General for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, where she represented a wide variety of state boards, commissions, and cabinet agencies in administrative and civil litigation.

Ms. Limbert is certified by the Ohio State Bar Association as a specialist in Administrative Law, and she is a member of the OSBA’s Administrative Law Committee. She received the Ohio Attorney General’s Excellence in Writing Award in 2019.

A native of Northwest Ohio, she earned her Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude from Bowling Green State University, with a major in English literature and a minor in ethnic studies. She earned her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from the University of Toledo College of Law.

 


 

Darlene Sweeney-Newbern, Director of Regional Operations

Ms. Sweeney-Newbern has over 28 years’ experience in investigating, supervising and managing employment and fair housing charges for the Commission. Upon invitation, she has traveled throughout the United States speaking, teaching and training state and federal law enforcement agencies, judges, attorneys, employers, unions, fair housing advocacy groups, realtors, the NAACP, corporations and members of the general public on employment and fair housing laws.

Ms. Sweeney-Newbern has been an Instructor on fair housing laws and author of two fair housing training manuals for the National Fair Housing Training Academy located in Washington, D.C.. She is a popular motivational speaker who has presented at national and international conferences throughout the United States. During the Obama administration, she met at the White House and in Ohio with senior staff to discuss national housing policy reform.

Ms. Sweeney-Newbern has investigated or consulted in many notable cases, including a large settlement in a redlining case against Farmers Insurance in Toledo and an $850,000 settlement in a race and familial status discrimination case involving a Massillon, Ohio landlord who limited the number of African American tenants in his properties.

Ms. Sweeney-Newbern sits on numerous boards and committees including the Northern Ohio Development Agency (NODA), the Toledo Chapter of the NAACP, Toledo Community Coalition, the Toledo Chief of Police Advisory Board, Dialogue to Change and State of the State Conference Committee.

Ms. Sweeney-Newbern is the recipient of various awards including The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth Humanitarian Award, Shanna L. Smith-Spirit of Fair Housing Award, Ohio Civil Rights Commission's “Rosa Parks Medal,” the NAACP Outstanding Community Leadership Award and, the “Keeping the Dream Alive Award” for brokering the Farmers Insurance case settlement.

 


 

Carolina Thatcher, MPA

Carolina is a certified diversity professional and the first Director of Inclusion and Diversity for the Bureau of Workers Compensation. She leads the implementation of a strategic plan focused on employee engagement, recruitment, education, and equity in service delivery. Carolina has a psychology degree from the University of Concepción in Chile, her native country, and a master’s in public administration from Wright State University. Carolina is a recognized as a leader in the diversity and inclusion space among state professionals in Ohio.

 


 

Terri Vetter, MOD, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, CPC

Terri Vetter is a Talent Development Program Manager for DAS’s State Human Resources Division. She works as part of the Learning and Talent Development team and manages the Lead Ohio: Inspirational Leaders program which is designed to meet the professional development needs of state managers and leaders. Terri earned her B.S. in Psychology from Wright State University, and Master in Organization Development from Bowling Green State University. Terri enjoys facilitating learning events and exercises to boost team effectiveness. She has been seen leading groups 50-feet off the ground via high ropes activities.

 


 

Chelsea Wonski 

Chelsea serves along-side the Director & State ADA Coordinator in support of all state agencies, departments, boards, and commissions within the executive branch on disability policy and compliance with state and federal disability rights laws: her role is to communicate and help with implementing statewide ADA policy with provisions relating to reasonable accommodations of applicants and employees; she provides technical assistance with the implementation of ADA law and policy. She helps with managing specific statewide ADA projects. Her role includes researching, collecting, and reviewing data and help with drafting policy, procedure, and training recommendations, along with preparing training and educational and customized training on ADA topics for client agencies.

 


 

Julie Zeigler Wood

Julie is the Worksite Accessibility Specialist with the Division of Employer and Innovation Services at Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities. In this role, Julie provides consultations for Ohio employer partners that support a shared goal to remove workplace barriers and increase access to work for people with disabilities. In addition to being a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist with a master’s degree, Julie is a certified ADA Coordinator, a licensed Massage Therapist, and has earned an Associate’s degree in Business Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing. Prior to joining Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Julie practiced as an Occupational Therapist for 13-years, nine of which were spent operating a private practice. She provided a variety of work-related therapy services aimed at enabling people to obtain, return to, and remain at work.