Including people with disabilities drives innovation says the Santa Monica Disabilities Commission (SMDC) in an opinion piece in the Santa Monica Daily Press (www.smdp.com). “There are strong examples of companies that see inclusion as part and parcel to their innovative edge.”
Santa Monica’s “Silicon Beach” employs more than 25,000 workers in tech and creative industries. These tech companies are leading the way with hiring practices. Amazon, for example, emphasizes the importance of recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, and makes a point of partnering with organizations who share these values.
Google works not only to provide reasonable accommodations but to go above and beyond to provide accommodations that fully develop employee potential.
Microsoft’s annual Ability Summit is sponsored by their disAbility Employee Resource Group. The disAbility group is made up of international employees with disabilities who propose innovative solutions to questions of both physical and societal accessibility. Microsoft is also leading with its hiring practices, actively recruiting people with autism.
“Inclusion exchanges fear, skepticism and low expectations for the opportunity to demonstrate talents and expertise,” says the SMDC. “Inclusion drives innovation by disrupting the cycle of poverty in the life of a person with a disability and improving their quality of life while broadening the views and range of experiences of workplace team members.”
The Santa Monica Disabilities Commission is a department of the City of Santa Monica, in Santa Monica, California.
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