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EEOC meeting will address employment of persons with mental disabilities

On March 15, 2011, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will hold a public meeting on employment of persons with mental disabilities. The commission will hear from invited panelists on the employment rates of persons with intellectual disabilities and psychiatric disabilities and the challenges they face in the workplace, as well as why it makes good business sense to employ persons with disabilities.

The meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) at agency headquarters, 131 M Street, N.E., and is open for public observation of the commission’s deliberations.

The meeting agenda includes:

Panel 1 – Employment Rates of People with Mental Disabilities: Sharon Lewis, Commissioner, Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Dr. William Kiernan, Director, Institute for Community Inclusion; Dr. Gary Bond, Professor of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Psychiatric Research Center; and Ruby Moore, Executive Director, The Georgia Advocacy Office, and Founder, New England Business Associates.

Panel 2 – Requirements of the ADA, Strategies to Comply and Outcomes for People with Mental Disabilities: Samuel Bagenstos, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division; Jack Eaton, Manager, Giant Supermarket; Tenesha Abbott, Employee, Giant Supermarket; and Anupa Iyer, EEOC Intern, Law Student, Seattle University.

Panel 3 – Litigation to Enforce the Rights of People with Mental Disabilities: Markus Penzel, EEOC Senior Trial Attorney; and Donna Malone, Plaintiff, EEOC v. Land Air Express.

A brief question-and-answer session with EEOC Commissioners will follow each panel discussion. Seating is limited, so it is suggested that visitors arrive 30 minutes before the meeting in order to be processed through security and escorted to the meeting room.