Meetings and Support Groups

Come join us…and tell your colleagues! Calendars and links will be sent out soon with confirmed dates.

ABLED General Membership Meeting

We plan to have our next virtual general ABLED membership meeting after the holidays.

Mental Health Wellness Support Group

Our next Mental Health Wellness Support Group meeting will be on Thursday, December 10th, from 12pm – 1pm. We have been getting great turnout for this new group the last couple of months, please come join us if you’d like to share or just listen in.

Cancer Support Group

The next Cancer Support Group meeting is scheduled for Thursday, December 17th, from 12pm – 1pm. Whether you are a patient, survivor, or caring for a loved one with cancer, you are more than welcome to join this group.

“Parenting on the Spectrum” Support Group

The next Parenting on the Spectrum Support Group meeting is scheduled for after the holidays. If you are a parent with a young or adult child with autism, or any other disability for that matter (we have a wide range represented), please know that you are welcome. We always have on hand our fantastic facilitator, Stephanie D’Angelo to lead the way.

Neat Links

November/December 2020’s Neat Links

  • Carolyn Tomchik contributed some great articles for us this month:
    • “Flip the Script” – This is a very informative infographic. From the link: “Words are powerful. Even with the best of intentions, we may say something that is unhelpful or even hurtful to a person in our workplace who has a disability. Or, afraid of saying the wrong thing, we might stay silent. Rather than focusing on a coworker’s abilities, it’s important to establish connections and engage without pity, judgment, or apprehension to foster a sense of belonging and create a more inclusive workplace”.
    • “Why Dell is Making Neurodiverse Hiring a Priority” – A new and innovative way Dell Technologies is thinking about the talent pipeline.
    • “Everything You Know About ADHD Is Wrong” – An interesting article discussing outdated stereotypes and stigmatization of ADHD.
  • Schools Have Struggled To Fulfill IEPs Amid Pandemic, Government Report Finds
  • New Housing Concepts Emerge For Adults With Developmental Disabilities

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Recent and Upcoming Observances

Upcoming Observances

January 2021
  • Alzheimer’s Awareness Month
  • National Birth Defects Month
  • World Braille Day (Jan. 4)
February 2021
  • Eating Disorder Awareness Week (Feb. 2)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis Awareness Day (Feb. 2)
  • International Angelman Day (Feb. 15)
  • Rare Disease Day (Feb. 28)

Past Observances

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ABLED Membership Survey

Coming up to our two year anniversary, we want to pulse our membership to see what’s important for you in regards to ABLED and our programs and services.

Keep on the lookout for this and start thinking about what educational programming you would like to see, future support groups, observances to recognize, events, outreach, etc.

We look forward to getting your feedback!

Planning Committees

To organize our efforts on the goals for ABLED, we are forming new planning committees launching soon. We would love to get your help to volunteer and to any extent you can. We have a lot of passion and expertise around our membership and these committees will give you an opportunity to work deeper in an employee resource group, influence our programming, and expand your network and relationships across the lab.

Here is a short summary of the committees and some of their scope. Please contact us at abled@anl.gov if you are interested or want to learn more.

Communications Committee

  • ABLED’s digital presence: website; blog; social media
  • Leading a new graphic Identity for ABLED
  • Development of communication materials; content
  • Assisting the support groups with communication needs

Disability Equality Index Committee

  • Disability:IN survey response
  • Disability Equality Index survey actions

Programming Committee

  • Education and Event programming
  • Member social events
  • Assisting the support groups with programming needs
  • Fundraising