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VUMC Disability Employment Research Group Panel Discussion: "The Changing Landscape of Disability Employment"

Date: October 21, 2021

Time: 12:00PM to 1:00PM

Location: Zoom - Register for link

Disability Employment Awareness Month panel discussion to be Oct. 21

October 2021 marks the 76th anniversary of National Disability Employment Awareness Month! Although the event has had other names through the years, the purpose of National Disability Employment Awareness Month is to educate businesses, governments, and the general population about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

The VUMC Disability Employee Resource Group (ERG) invites everyone, whether you’re in a position to hire, or you’re a person with a disability, or you’re simply interested in learning more about the ongoing effort to create a more inclusive workplace, to attend a virtual panel presentation.


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 12-1 p.m. CT
"The Changing Landscape of Disability Employment" Awareness Panel
Sponsored by the VUMC Disability ERG

Registration is required: https://bit.ly/3AJYhVK


  • Megan Hart (Moderator), Program Director of Tennessee Disability Pathfinder, Co-Leader of Disability ERG
  • Carol Westlake, Executive Director, Tennessee Disability Coalition
  • Mark Liverman, Director of Employment, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • Brandon Pflug, Director of Project SEARCH, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Alexander Zarabi, Nutrition Department, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2020 Graduate of Next Steps at Vanderbilt University

Panelists will share their diverse knowledge and experience regarding the progress made for the employment of people with disabilities as well as provide insight for ongoing changes.

VUMC currently has seven Employee Resource Groups, and they all have a focus on community (in-reach and outreach), career mentorship, culture and caring. The Disability ERG is looking for employees with disabilities of all kinds as well as allies who might be interested to be a part of our group.

If you’re a person with a disability, including those with an “invisible disability,” working at VUMC, the group wants to hear from you. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey from the Disability Employment Resource Group (ERG).

If you’re interested in joining the VUMC Disability ERG, complete the membership form at https://redcap.link/disabilityerg.

For accessibility information or to request an accommodation

Contact kc@vumc.org or 615-322-8240 for disability access information; 2 weeks advance notice is recommended for some accommodations (e.g., Braille, signing).