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Sheryl Ellis

Sheryl Ellis

ADA and HR Facilitator, Author of “Making It Work: Managing Your Health Condition Through ADA Workplace Accommodations”

Sheryl has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She is the author of “Making It Work” and a recognized expert in Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sheryl specializes in:

  • Helping workplaces design ADA-compliant processes
  • Workplace ADA accommodations
  • Conduct HR and ADA Audits
  • Mediating HR and ADA related issues
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Development
  • Leave Management
  • Employee relations
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Performance management

Sheryl has provided HR services in a variety of industries, including nonprofits, communications, IT, hospitality, and manufacturing. She has worked with businesses ranging in size from start-ups to medium-sized companies. Sheryl’s experience managing a staffing agency and working for several professional employer organizations (PEO) has given her a unique insight in managing vendor relationships and HR challenges. Sheryl has taught ADA Compliance Training for employers, employees, law students, vocational rehabilitation counselors, and ADA Coordinators for the ADA National Network, the American Bar Association, Mitchell Hamline School of Law, and private employers.

During her career as a HR Professional, Sheryl has had to learn how to work while managing her professional and personal life successfully. Her experience has provided her with a unique insight into Title 1 of the ADA from both the employer and employee perspective. She has learned that the more an employee understands the accommodation process, the better the outcome is for the employee and the employer. Sheryl uses her ADA expertise on a larger scale to assist employers in setting up their accommodation process, train managers and employees on ADA Workplace accommodations, assist employers with resolving workplace accommodation issues and mediate.

Sheryl is a Certified Professional in Human Resources with an expertise in regulations and legal mandates specific to the state of California (PHRca) and a Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-CP) through the Society of Human Resources Management. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in business administration from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, TX, and her Master of Arts in Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

She is also a Certified ADA Coordinator (ADAC) through the ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (ACTCP), a program administered by the Great Plains ADA Center and overseen and issued by the University of Missouri – College of Human and Environmental Sciences, School of Architectural Studies.  In addition, Sheryl is a Certified Leave Management Specialist through the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC). Sheryl also has her Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate through USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education.

Based on her professional and personal experience, Sheryl published her first two books, Making It Work: Managing Your Health Condition Through ADA Workplace Accommodations and Making It Work:  Employee Workbook (2020). Through her writing, Sheryl demonstrates her passion for helping employees and employers understand how to apply the ADA to a workplace accommodation situation, and how employees can research, request, and negotiate an accommodation with their employer while still successfully managing their health condition and being a productive employee. The book is designed to also be used by employers to help with the accommodation process. The workbook is designed to help the employer and employee analyze the individual’s position, analyze limitations and challenges, help the individual find the most effective accommodation for their situation.

Her Books, Making It Work: Managing Your Health Condition Through ADA Workplace Accommodations and Making It Work: Employee Workbook are available at Amazon Print and Kindle.

The book is also available through the American Bar Association.
PHRca SHRM-CP ADA Coordinator Certificate Program Certified Leave Management Specialist

Episode 109: Workplace Accommodations and the ADA