July 10th, 2012

Fiona and me in the snow

a post about life, diversity, and Julian's radio babble

Well, it did rain after all last night, and it rained on and off today. Walking to and from my training today was quite enjoyable as it was cool and cloudy and nice, and unlike earlier in the week, though humid, the air felt very fresh.

I am a member of a special emphasis program committee and have been so since I started working at DLA, pretty much. Basically, a SEP is an outreach arm of the EEO office. They are the eyes and ears of the organization's policies on equal employment, and they advise and help to get people with diverse backgrounds and abilities employed. Sounds boring I know, but I enjoy it because I feel like I can make a difference in people's lives, especially if I can help them get a new job. Through the committee, I've gotten involved in other committees, and I've learned new skills and knowledge about 508 compliance (more about what that is in later entries). Before now, they have had six different SEPs--all concentrating on various groups. I, amazingly and shockingly enough, was a member of the persons with disabilities committee. Over time, we started having problems getting people to come to the meetings etc. Don't get me wrong, we did accomplish things and helped lots of people out I think, but we started to lack in participation. To make a long story a bit shorter, our EEO director decided to make all six SEPs into one, and so today started the training for the big committee. I'd done this training before a couple of years ago, and though it was very good then, I was worried I'd be bored, but I was definitely surprised.

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Tomorrow, we're covering disabilities all day, so I shouldn't get too much new info, but I'm participating in a panel and representing visually impaired issues. I think I'll bring some of my tech in, but most of it fits in a pocket, so all I'll need to remember to bring is my braille display. Should be great fun answering questions.

On other non-related notes, I played with Julian on my radio and it was hilarious. I tought him to say such things as "rogre" and "k5. I set the radio to not transmit, and he held the mic and talked to the world about how my name was Daddy and that I pressed the button. Very hilarious. He's liked my radio since he was really little. It seems like it has some mystery to it--that and it's got lots of buttons on it--so those things combined with a curious two year old Julian makes for lots of fun. I just need to remember to lock transmit or he'll be transmitting jabber and Daddy to the world. Reminds me of what I do minus talking about Daddy in this journal.