All access ERG
The Berkeley Lab Disability Inclusion ERG, All Access, advocates for a more accessible laboratory in design, in spirit and in operation. We work to create a welcoming and supportive environment for all employees and visitors and to serve as an information source for applicants, recruiters, managers and staff who have questions about disabilities, support and accommodations.
In this way, we seek to increase understanding and appreciation for individuals with disabilities, whether visible or not. We see ourselves as part of a larger effort to build a more inclusive and respectful community, knowing that when improvements are made to help one group, everyone benefits.
We will do this through such actions as:
Advocating at all levels for greater accessibility and identifying opportunities for improvement
Learning about and implementing best practices
Reaching out and collaborating with other lab groups, organizations and the broader community to leverage our resources
Communicating with the lab to raise the collective awareness about inclusion
Striving to become a leader for disability inclusion in the DOE and national lab community
ADA 30th Anniversary Week of Action
This month—July 26, to be exact—marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the landmark civil rights legislation that works to increase access and opportunity for people with disabilities across community life, including employment. The All Access Employee Resource Group has planned a Week of Action to raise awareness about disability inclusion and equality.
Held the ADA 30th Anniversary: Week of Action with 5 days of activities led by volunteer members.
Hosted the "A Scientist's Primer on Mental Health" town hall.
Attendance at the Annual Disability:IN Network Conference.
Expanded leadership team to include Initiative Co-chairs, Communications Officer, and Financial Officer.
Increase in All Access ERG membership from 105 in FY19 to 137 in FY20.
Co-hosted virtual film screening & discussion of "People Like Me" with the Lambda Alliance ERG.
Misha Gonzalez, an architect in Facilities, was recently presented with the Kevin McCauley Memorial Outstanding Staff Award from UC President Janet Napolitano. In our Three Questions For series, we asked Gonzalez, a specialist in access, about what she is doing to improve accessibility at the Lab. More>>
Communications - Aliyah Kovner
Finances - Jenny Brown