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Mental Illness: Stay at Work/Return to Work Strategies for Employers

  • September 12, 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Evolver Inc. 1943 Isaac Newton Square E Shenandoah Training Room, Suite 240, Reston VA 20190


  • Free
  • A Skype or Web ex link and dial in will be sent the week prior to the event.

 DATE PENDING: Sept 12, 13,14

Speaker: The Job Accommodation Network

Anne Hirsh, Co-Director

Melanie Whetzel

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert, and confidential technical assistance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues. Since 1983, JAN’s professional consultants have provided quality customer service to more than 480,000 customers, including employers, individuals with disabilities and their family members, service providers, union representatives, doctors, lawyers, and others. JAN is unsurpassed in its wealth of knowledge, experience, resources, and dedication to its mission: improving the employment outlook of people with disabilities by providing timely, accurate, and thorough information to its customers.

JAN Consultants are thought leaders and innovators on disability employment issues. All have earned at least one Master's degree in their specialized fields, ranging from rehabilitation counseling to education and engineering.

JAN consultants provide technical assistance related to all aspects of job accommodation, including compliance with and enforcement of disability-related employment laws, products and services, vendors and resources, best practices, how to request and negotiate accommodations, and how to process accommodation requests. Customers also receive information on self-employment and non-profit development.

JAN consultants have over 100 years collective experience in providing customized accommodation solutions, referrals, and training. Consultants work in various specialized teams including motor, sensory, cognitive/psychiatric, and self-employment teams. Working in specialty teams permits the consultants to develop knowledge within specific areas. This collective experience and expertise enables consultants to respond efficiently and quickly to requests in the most appropriate manner.


Melanie Whetzel

Melanie joined the JAN staff as a consultant on the Cognitive / Neurological Team in February 2008. She has a fourteen year history of teaching and advocating for students with disabilities in the public school system.

Melanie holds a Master of Arts degree in Special Education, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, and has earned sixty hours above masters’ level. Her post-graduate work has been primarily focused on special education. She most recently completed a graduate certification in Career Planning and Placement for Youth in Transition.

As a member of the Cognitive / Neurological Team, Melanie specializes in learning disabilities, mental impairments, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and brain injuries. She became a certified brain injury specialist in December 2014.

Anne Hirsh

Anne Hirsh has been with JAN since 1986. She became a consultant in 1988 and then was appointed to Associate Manager in 1994. In the fall of 2007 Anne became JAN Co-Director with Lou Orslene.

Anne has a Master’s of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and Vocational Evaluation from West Virginia University. In 2006 she received WVU College of Human Resource and Education Laddie R. Bell Distinguished Service Award for her national, regional, and local service to people with disabilities.

Through the years she has worked with all JAN teams. Her primary focus was with the sensory team. She currently serves as a "floater" filling in where needed. Additionally, Anne presents on accommodation and employment issues for national, regional, and local audiences.

Anne's research interests include effective approaches in accommodation, educating both employers and individuals on successful means of communicating accommodation needs, and accommodations of individuals with hearing loss and individuals with psychiatric impairments.

Agenda pending. Stay tuned for more details!

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