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Word of the Month

Each month, there will be a meaningful, positive word posted around campus, underscoring UMMC’s values. The “Word of the Month” is a visual reminder of the institution’s standards when it comes to the promotion of a respectful and inclusive environment. Words are posted in the elevators and bulletin boards around campus. Managers are encouraged to post the word in their departments or units and to use the word as a “talking point” to stimulate dialogue with employees.  



1: the quality of being easy to approach, reach, enter, speak with, use, or understand
2: the quality of being usable, reachable, obtainable, etc.
3: the quality of being suitable or adapted for use
by people with disabilities


Suggested talking points
and questions:

  • What is accessibility and why is it important?
  • What defines a disability?

Quotes from UMMC employees:

“Accessibility is the degree to which a product, device, service, or environment is available to as many people as possible. Accessibility can be viewed as the ‘ability to access’ and benefit from some system or entity. This concept focuses on people with disabilities and their right of access to technology, information, services, etc.
Accessibility is strongly related to universal design when the approach involves ‘direct access,’ which is about making things accessible to all people whether they have a disability or not.”

Paula Shelton
Human Resources Manager
Talent Development
University of Mississippi Medical Center

My Blind Spot. (2020). MBS accessibility defined. https://myblindspot.org/mbs-accessibility-defined/ 

This month recognizes:

National Disability Employment Awareness Month
Health Literacy Month
SIDS Awareness Month
Global Diversity Awareness Month
Mental Illness Awareness Week (OCt. 3 - Oct. 9, 2021)


Article: "The Participation of People with Disabilities in the Workplace Across the Employment Cycle: Employer Concerns and Research Evidence"

from SpringerLink.com