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Yvonne Cowser Yancy Joins Understood as Chief Human Resources Officer

Understood, a social impact organization, announced today that Yvonne Cowser Yancy joined as chief human resources officer. In this new role, Yvonne will lead human resources and centralized services, including finance, legal, and administrative functions. She will also co-lead Understood’s diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, all in support of the organization’s mission to help people with differences and disabilities thrive.



New, Free HR Training Program Closes Disability Inclusion Gap in the Workplace

SHRM Foundation and the Workplace Initiative by Understood announce Employing Abilities @Work, a new, free training program that helps HR professionals and their companies embrace and implement disability inclusion.


Understood Aims to Shape the World for Difference

Understood expands its mission to support individuals throughout their lives and at scale; empowering people to thrive regardless of difference or disability. Refreshed brand, new logo, and enhanced website increase accessibility for all users.



Common Sense Launches Wide Open School to Help Families and Educators With Learning from Home

With schools closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Understood is working alongside Common Sense Media and other leaders in education, media, and tech, to offer educators and families a free and open collection of quality online learning resources at


ISTE Convenes Sectorwide Response to Support Educators in Responding to COVID-19

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), with Understood as a partner, launches It's a free, online portal with resources, tools, weekly webinars and a national expert help desk to provide real-time support for educators.

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