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    DESHRM September 13, 2011 Meeting~Attracting and Retaining Skilled Workers: Assistive Technology and Good Workplace Design

    Date: September 13, 2011, 7:30am
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    Attracting and Retaining Skilled Workers:

    Assistive Technology and Good Workplace Design


    Join Delaware SHRM at 7:30 am on September 13th for a breakfast meeting at the Christiana Hilton.  This month’s topic will be presented by Marvin Williams, Delaware Assistive Technology Initiative, University of Delaware.  Mr. Williams will share with us what we can do to attract and retain skilled workers.


    We are living—and working—in challenging times. Public sector employers are contending with hiring freezes, personnel shortages, and challenges related to retention and optimization of the existing workforce. This includes the accommodation of employees who have experienced illness, injury, or functional limitations often associated with the natural consequences of advancing age. The purpose of this workshop is to raise awareness among employers of technology’s power to help people do their jobs safely and effectively. This training, which is designed to be hands-on and highly interactive, will address the practicalities of accommodation, including ADA-compliant procedures, the process of matching employee needs with appropriate technologies, and the design of the workplace to benefit the wellness and productivity of all employees.



    • Introductions and overview
    • Functional limitations in the workplace: the intersection of individual circumstances and workplace expectations
    • A hands-on introduction to assistive technology
      • AT for sensory limitations
      • Computer access
      • Ergonomics
    • Q&A/wrap-up




    1. Participants will become familiar with workplace trends regarding the “graying” of the workforce and the incidence of functional limitations across the lifespan.
    2. Participants will identify equipment and strategies that address a variety of functional needs, including limitations in hearing, vision, dexterity, and memory.
    3. Participants will become familiar with an employee-centered process for the specification of functional limitations and their accommodation.

    Marvin Williams has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University and a Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Iowa State University.  He has over 15 years of experience in providing AT services and equipment recommendations to consumers as well as experience in providing commercially available assistive technology and in the design and fabrication of custom equipment. Marvin is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Practitioner and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist.