As a person who is deaf, Afomeya encountered supervisors and co-workers who discouraged her from becoming a pharmacist since they could not believe that she would be able to communicate effectively with customers.
This summer has seen landmark growth in the USBLN local Affiliate Network that spans the nation in 43 sites over 30 states! Now that the USBLN Conference is over, connecting locally with these BLNs is a way to take to the same type of around disability inclusion education and training from Orlando and spread it across your corporate footprint.
The Resource Network (http://www.resnet.org/), a USBLN Certified DOBE® helps to connect resources within and between organizations to catalyze a multiplier effect that optimizes the bottom line. Their services include Access and Information Integration; Business and Contact Intelligence; Partner Programs as well as Collaboration & Customer Relationship Management.
The Rising Leaders Mentoring Program connects students like Russell Goodacre to experts that can provide professional growth and development, and social and economic opportunities. Russell’s ultimate goal has always been a career in sports. Since meeting his mentor, Russell has also grown to love the production aspects of the business.
As a little person who attended the conference for the first time this year, I was moved by so many speeches throughout the conference. Attendees got real and shared some of their most vulnerable stories, which were relatable. Most of all, I got to be myself without having to worry about people’s perceptions.