Friday, 09 November 2018 11:22

Conference aims to lower barriers for people with disabilities

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ORONO - Equality, access and inclusion were the focus of a World Usability Day conference Thursday at the University of Maine.

The event was part of a global effort to make important services easier and simpler for everybody to use, especially those with disabilities.


"We believe that by tapping into the individual's potential, we can increase the number of people with disabilities who go to college and succeed in college and we can increase employment throughout the state," said Sara Henry, director of Student Accessibility Services.


Organizers hope that this conference helps reduce the barriers that people with disabilities face when trying to enter the workforce.


The director of UMaine's Career Center said that starts with understanding the challenges some students experience so that student affairs workers can help them achieve their goals.


"It's important for us to be welcoming and to treat everybody the same and including everyone into our programs and making sure that our services are available to everyone," Career Center Director Crisanne Blackie said.


The conference featured presentations and workshops throughout the day.