Creating a more inclusive workplace for employees caring for children with disabilities.

We Provide Customized Solutions for Employers

One in six children have a disability, therefore there is a significant employee population that cares for children with disabilities. These employees have unique needs, challenges and perspectives.

1in6 Consulting helps companies and organizations better understand, support, and maximize contributions from these employees.

Our Services

Overview Presentation: 1 in 6 Children

An interactive presentation to increase awareness of the unique needs of employees who care for children with a disabilities.

Manager & HR Training: Creating a Supportive Environment

Best Practices training for managers — increasing awareness of the unique needs of employees with children with disabilities.

Employee Lunch and Learn

Monthly drop-in workshops on key topics related to raising children with disabilities.

Individual Support Sessions

Confidential 1:1 sessions in which employees can share challenges and concerns in their home and work life as they relate to disability.

Facilitated Support Groups

To share and connect with others in the company in order to reduce the feeling of isolation and provide opportunities for peer support.

HR/Benefits Consulting

Customized consulting and review of company policies and benefits packages to create more inclusivity and equal opportunity.

Overview Presentation: 1 in 6 Children

An interactive presentation to increase awareness of the unique needs of employees who care for children with disabilities.

Manager & HR Training: Creating a Supportive Environment

Best Practices training for managers — increasing awareness of the unique needs of employees with children with disabilities.

Employee Lunch and Learn

Monthly drop-in workshops on key topics related to raising children with disabilities.

Individual Support Sessions

Confidential 1:1 sessions in which employees can share challenges and concerns in their home and work life as they relate to disability.

Facilitated Support Groups

To share and connect with others in the company in order to reduce the feeling of isolation and provide opportunities for peer support.

HR/Benefits Consulting

Customized consulting and review of company policies and benefits packages to create more inclusivity and equal opportunity.

Who we are

Iris Mehler, MS, CRC

Iris Mehler holds a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, with a post graduate certification in Assistive Technologies. Iris has more than two decades of experience working with children and adults with disabilities and supporting communities and organizations in their efforts to become more inclusive to people of all abilities. She is an appointed member of the Midland (MI) Access to Recreation Committee. Iris is the proud mother of two children, one of whom has quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy and is non-verbal.

Alma Schneider, LCSW

Alma Schneider is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with nearly three decades of practice under her belt. She has been facilitating weekly support groups for over four hundred parents of children with disabilities for the last twelve years, is the founder of the Montclair Disability Pride Parade, and is an appointed member of the People with Disabilities Committee for the town of Montclair, NJ. Alma has four children, one of whom has Prader-Willi Syndrome, Autism and ADHD.

Real Employee Scenarios

Lisa

Lisa runs into Jack in the hallway and they chat about their summer plans. Jack learns that Lisa’s son just finished High School and asks what college he is going to. Lisa feels uncomfortable because her son has a developmental disability that she has not shared at work and he will not be going to college.

Miguel

Miguel is offered an ex-pat assignment but has to decline. In conversation with his supervisor, he explains his wife does not want to relocate but the truth is that being out of the country or even the state for more than a month would result in his daughter losing her therapy and nursing care benefits.

Ling

Ling is excited to meet her co-workers family members at the company picnic until she learns that the picnic is around a lake where there is no wheelchair accessibility for her teenage daughter. She decides not to attend.

Edna

Edna’s son has recently received an autism diagnosis and aside from being devastated and ashamed, they are now worried about requesting work flexibility to attend numerous doctor’s appointments. They don’t know anyone at work with a child with autism so they are not sure how to proceed.

Kabir

Kabir’s experienced caregiver suddenly quit and he is struggling to find a caregiver who is equipped to deal with his son’s violent outbursts. He needs to be home by 4:00 when he gets off the school bus. This time constraint conflicts with the weekly mandatory team meeting. He is concerned that his superiors will question his reliability and commitment, potentially passing him up for the next big project or promotion.

Jane

Jane is a valued employee in her company and she loves her job. She is a single mother of a 4 year old with Autism who is non-verbal. During the school year, her full time position allows her to pay her rent and expenses. In the summer, however, she has to decrease her hours at work to be able to accommodate her son whose special education camp program finishes early at 1:00 instead of 5:00. She is at risk of losing her apartment because her summer income is insufficient to pay her rent.

Questions? We Have Answers!

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) has become a central focus as part of the broader Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) movement. Many corporate entities have become more active in making a positive ESG impact in the world and DEI is a natural area for companies, as it relates directly to the entire workforce, customers, and other stakeholders.
  • DEI has recently focused on racial equity, sexual identity, gender equity, and disability inclusion. Within the latter, much of the focus has been on people with disabilities (PwD) and increasing the workforce participation of PwD, which is less than half the rate of people without disabilities.
  • Often overlooked are caregivers to children with disabilities. While labor participation for PwD is low, the participation for caregivers is much higher. However, these employees face many unique challenges that are rarely addressed by employers.

Our mission is to assist employers in unlocking their employees’ full potential and increase their organizational value by improving retention, increasing job satisfaction, and fully leveraging their unique employee experiences.

1in6 Consulting helps Human Resources staff — within the realm of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) — focus on caregiving employees and the unique challenges they face, as well as the contributions they add to the companies and organizations they work for.

1in6 Consulting provides various custom solutions from general training through employee support to detailed HR/benefits training, consulting and review.

Overview Presentation: 1 in 6 Children is an interactive presentation to increase awareness of the unique needs of employees who  care for children with a disabilities.

Manager & HR Training: Creating a Supportive Environment covers Best Practices training for managers — increasing awareness of the unique needs of employees with children with disabilities.

Employee Lunch and Learn are monthly drop-in workshops on key topics related to raising children with disabilities.

Individual Support Sessions are confidential 1:1 sessions in which employees can share challenges and concerns in their home and work life as they relate to disability.

Facilitated Support Groups to share and connect with others in the company in order to reduce the feeling of isolation and provide opportunities for peer support.

HR/Benefits Consulting for customized consulting and review of company policies and benefits packages to create more inclusivity and equal opportunity.

Yes! As well as being co-founders of 1in6 Consulting, Alma and Iris also co-host the podcast 2 Moms No Fluff, where they share first-hand experiences and a professional take on parenting children with disabilities.

What People Are Saying About
1in6 Consulting Programs

“This was one of the best TPN workshops that I have ever attended. The presenters offered their real work experience as advocates, family members, and professionals. The presenter offered resourceful information that can be used to better support the needs of our clients. This was an exceptional experience and I look forward to signing up for more workshops from these presenters. Thank you!”

“Powerful presentation. Both speakers engaged the audience with interesting well-constructed content."

“The personal stories of the presenters enhanced the workshop. A truly educational and inspiring workshop. Great presentation.”

“Excellent! This course exceeded my expectations and was very enlightening."

This would be wonderful as an all-day course. I expect my entire team to either have participated in this training or watch the webinar. The presenters were extremely qualified, and excellent material we can immediately start using. I was also touched by their graciousness in sharing their very personal experiences to help us relate to the material presented. The pacing was very good, some classes I have taken elsewhere drag out a minimal amount of info to fit a 2-hour timeframe, these two presenters "filled us up" without going too fast. I recommend this course highly and will share it with others.

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Photo of father and daughter by Rosalie O'Connor.

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