Chicago’s famous Second City Improv Theatre, which brought the world comedy greats such as Tina Fey, Catherine O’Hara, Amy Poehler and Stephen Colbert, has started offering performances accessible to audience members who are deaf and hard-of-hearing.
Myths and misconceptions about people with disabilities are common, but that doesn’t mean they should be our myths and misconceptions. This series of four posters is designed to promote understanding, celebrate diversity, and spark a dialogue in workplaces, schools, colleges, universities and communities. Featuring illustrations by Chris Tripp, this visual series will make people stop and think.
The world of accessible travel keeps expanding. Handiscover is an online service for booking accessible travel accommodations. Founder Sebastien Archambeaud was driven to create the service after travelling with his son who uses a wheelchair. “When travelling as the family we got so frustrated about the lack of purposeful information about accessibility of both vacation rentals and/or rooms for hotels,” he says.
On Forbes.com Dr. Pragya Agarwal states that “Inclusive Design is not an afterthought. Instead, it has to be accommodated and planned beforehand, rather than being a retroactive measure. It is also essential that the design of the workplace does not segregate employees based or draw attention to them in any way.”
In Wales, train cars are being updated and modified, as part of a plan to make sure rail services are fully accessible for customers with reduced mobility. By the end of 2019, all trains in Wales will be compliant with EU regulations known as Persons of Reduced Mobility. The regulations were created to ensure there are no barriers for using public transport.
More and more employers are hiring people with disabilities, says this article in the Chicago Tribune. “The tight labour market is pushing companies to open their eyes to this untapped pool of workers, who employers say are loyal, enthusiastic, and able to do the job as well as anyone — sometimes even better.”
On MacStories.net, tech writer Steven Aquino presents an interesting analysis on the impact of Apple technology on the lives of people with disabilities. “I have disabilities myself, so I'm part of the group who uses assistive technology to access their Apple devices,” says Mr. Aquino on his personal blog.
Disability:IN, formerly known as the US Business Leadership Network, is a leading non-profit resource for business disability inclusion. Disability:IN recently sponsored a survey in the U.S. to get a sense of workers’ attitudes toward workplace inclusion. The survey found that while workers of all ages reported that business inclusion is important, millennials, more than any other group, believe that workplace inclusion is “fundamental and essential.”
Together We Rock! has a number of free resources designed for corporations, community organizations and educational institutions to inspire learning and champion leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities. The “Myths and Misconceptions” and “Words Matter” are two of the most popular resources.
An education advocacy organization called People for Education says “special needs” students in the Province of Ontario are increasingly being asked to stay home. During the four-year period of 2014-2018, the organization has noted an increase in the number of elementary and secondary school Principals who report recommending a special education student stay home for at least part of the school day.
There are three key themes in making products and marketing accessible and inclusive. By embracing these themes, technology companies can ensure that their products and their marketing addresses the entire population of customers. Universal design, inclusive design and inclusive marketing are key says Mohanbir Sawhney, a professor at the Kellogg School of Management.