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Disabilities & Resources Workshop

MCWE 2024 Disability Awareness Workshop is a training program that aims to increase awareness and understanding of disabilities in the workplace and in schools.


The workshop is designed to help employees, parents, educators understand the challenges faced by people with disabilities and how to create a more inclusive environment. The training may cover topics such as employment statistics for people with disabilities, unconscious bias, myths and misconceptions about disability, accommodations, interview tips, resources and disability etiquette.


Facilitator - Partners In PROMISE Staff

Workshop Description

Disability is a condition of the body or mind that makes it more difficult for the person with the condition to do certain activities and interact with the world around them. There are many types of disabilities, such as those that affect a person’s vision, movement, thinking, remembering, learning, communicating, hearing, mental health, and social relationships. According to the World Health Organization, disability has three dimensions: Impairment in a person’s body structure or function, or mental functioning; examples of impairments include loss of a limb, loss of vision or memory loss. Activity limitation, such as difficulty seeing, hearing, walking, or problem solving. Participation restrictions in normal daily activities, such as working, engaging in social and recreational activities, and obtaining health care and preventive services.


Resources for people with disabilities can include assistive technology, financial assistance, legal aid, and support groups. Assistive technology can help people with disabilities perform tasks that they might not be able to do otherwise. Financial assistance can help people with disabilities pay for medical expenses, home modifications, and other expenses related to their disability. Legal aid can help people with disabilities navigate the legal system and obtain the rights and benefits to which they are entitled. Support groups can provide emotional support and practical advice to people with disabilities and their families.


MCWE 2024 Disabilities and Resources Workshop is an event that provides information and resources to people with disabilities and their caregivers. The workshop may include an overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act and its applicability to disabled parents, information about disability, family law, and child welfare, the rights of parents with disabilities when working with adoption or foster-care agencies, and the rights of people with disabilities receiving reproductive healthcare.


Format: In-Person & Virtual

90 Minutes

Format: In-Person & Virtual

90 Minutes

April 26, 2024

Free Workshop

Facilitator - Georgia Monsam 

Our mission is to Protect the Rights Of Military children in Special Education and disability communities to ensure they receive equal access to an education. We develop data-informed solutions that equip parents, inform leaders and enable military students to thrive. We promote the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion by advocating for the futures of our military children with unique and diverse backgrounds and needs.

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Georgia L. Monsam, CMDCM(AW/SW) USN Retired, hails from Tyrone, Pennsylvania. She enlisted in the Navy in August 1976 and her initial assignments included tours at commissary stores at New London, CT and Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, VA, as a Ship’s Serviceman. She transferred overseas to the Security Department Japan, serving as a Military Liaison Investigator with Japanese Police and earned the Japanese Distinguished Citizen Award for her contributions to the community and base. Georgia’s next assignment was Commander, Naval Base, Republic of the Philippines. Georgia transferred stateside to the USS SAMUEL GOMPERS(AD-37), Service School command San Diego as Chief Master at Arms. She joined Amphibious Construction Battalion Two, Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, VA, and was then assigned to USS EMORY S. LAND (AS 39). Upon graduation from the Senior Enlisted academy, she reported to the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA, serving as Chief of Police. During this tour, she was recognized by the Navy League San Diego Chapter as the Military Woman of Achievement of the Year. Georgia was then selected by Commander, Naval Surface Force, U. S. Pacific fleet to be a key member of the Fleet introduction Team to integrate women onboard combatants in the Pacific Fleet. Her next assignment was Fort George G. Meade, MD before advancing to Master Chief Petty O"cer and selecting for the Command Master Chief Program. She then served with the USS ROSS (DDG 71). She was selected as the CNO Directed Command Master Chief for Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. She then transferred to Navy Recruiting District Denver, CO then to VAW 123 and retired from VAW 120 in September 2006.

She has chosen to continue to serve and become a part of the Safe Harbor/Navy Wounded Warrior Team as a Non-Medical Care Manager /Recovery Care Coordinator in June 2008. In retirement, she has watched from the front what a fight it has been for her daughter to advocate for her disabled granddaughter with multiple disabilities to include Autism Spectrum Disorder, gross Developmental delays, ADHD, APD, SPD and speech apraxia. Additionally, she advocated for Sailors and their families on Active Duty and Civil Service. She continues to serve with passion for military families and children as a volunteer with Partners in PROMISE as the Community Partnerships Manager. Ms. Monsam awards included the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation, (four awards), Navy Achievement Medals, (three awards), Navy  Unit commendation, Good Conduct Medal (eight awards), Navy Sharpshooter Ribbon and the National Defense Service Medal (two awards), Global War or Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal. Civilian Awards include Meritorious Service Medal (Civilian) Numerous LOA and LOC. Recognized as the CNRMA Senior Civilian of the year nominee. She has earned an Associates of Applied Science Degree from Central Texas College and will graduate soon from St Leo University with a Bachelors Degree in Sociology. She is married to Peter L. Monsam, USN Retired and they reside in Virginia Beach.

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