WEBINAR—Mission Possible: The Sky’s the Limit for Disability Workplace Inclusion

November 16, 2023 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Hearing U Employment Webinar

When: Thursday, November 16, 2023
Time: 5–6 p.m. ET

Featured panelists Victoria Garcia, K. Renee Horton, Ph.D., Sheila Xu and Larry Guterman will share their experiences as people with hearing loss and as members of AstroAccess, which is dedicated to making space accessible to people with disabilities. In particular, they will discuss their roles in the December 2022 AstroAccess zero-gravity space flight, how they got involved, what they did during their mission and how the initiative helps perpetuate disability inclusion in the workplace. They will also share their general experiences navigating employment opportunities, internships and STEM education. The panel will be moderated by disability access professional Theodore Shomsky, CPACC.

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Victoria GarciaVictoria Garcia, an engineer who leads a team of 20 at NASA and is responsible for systems integration for the upcoming manned missions to the Moon; she was diagnosed with profound hearing loss at birth and now wears a cochlear implant (CI).

Sheila XuSheila Xu, who is deaf, graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and is now working on a combined graduate degree at the Harvard Kennedy School/Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She learned ASL in college, now wears a cochlear implant (CI) and dreams of starting a business that helps people with hearing loss and other disabilities.

Doctor K Renee HortonK. Renee Horton, Ph.D. is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a B.S. in electrical engineering and a minor in math in 2002; and a Ph.D. in material science with a concentration in physics, becoming the first African American to graduate from the University of Alabama in 2011 in this area. She works for NASA, at first as a student from 2009 to 2011, and then started her career as a mechanical test engineer in 2012.

Denna LambertDenna Lambert is the NASA Innovation Partnership Program’s inclusion and accessibility lead. Identifying as an individual with low vision, she believes that acute hearing is critical for those with blindness, due to the enormous effort required to distinguish important auditory information from noise and enable successful navigation in physical surroundings.

Larry GutermanLarry Guterman is co-founder of SonicCloud and chief customer experience officer of Sonitum, Inc. (makers of SonicCloud), a technology company dedicated to enhancing and personalizing audio on phone calls, computers, and other electronic media for people with hearing loss.

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NOTE: HLAA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in our webinars.

Questions? Feel free to email us at webinars@hearingloss.org.