Myths and Misconceptions about Disability Posters for Everyone

Myths and Misconceptions about Disability Posters for Everyone

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.

Online Service to Find Accessible Travel Accommodations

Online Service to Find Accessible Travel Accommodations

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.

Designing Workplaces for Inclusivity and Diversity

Designing Workplaces for Inclusivity and Diversity

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.”

Accessible Railway Services

Accessible Railway Services

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.

Inclusive Businesses Contribute Positively to the Bottom Line

Inclusive Businesses Contribute Positively to the Bottom Line

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.”

The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

The Difference Between Inclusive Design and Accessibility

In its magazine The New Standard, watch designer (and retailer) Eone gives an eloquent answer the question “What’s the Difference Between ‘Inclusive Design’ and ‘Accessibility’?” Although this is a marketing piece, the approach and tone conveyed are thoughtful and sincere.

STAY: Bespoke Access: Designing Hotel Rooms

STAY: Bespoke Access: Designing Hotel Rooms

The Bespoke Hotel group owns 200 properties around the world, and is the UK's largest independent hotel group. In recent years Robin Sheppard, CEO of Bespoke, has become a champion of universal design in the hospitality sector. Sheppard himself uses a wheelchair.

Redefining Accessible Software

Redefining Accessible Software

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.   

Attitudes Toward Workplace Inclusion

Attitudes Toward Workplace Inclusion

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.”

We Rock! Resources

We Rock! Resources

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.

Students with Special Needs Increasingly Asked to Stay Home: Report

Students with Special Needs Increasingly Asked to Stay Home: Report

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.

Three Keys to Making Products and Marketing For All

Three Keys to Making Products and Marketing For All

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.

Four Ways to Promote Inclusive Hiring Practices

Four Ways to Promote Inclusive Hiring Practices

Here are four things to know about how employers consider hiring and disability, according to David Lewis, President of OperationsInc. (www.operationsinc.com). In his interview with Marketplace.org, Lewis stated that larger companies are often more accessible.