No matter the size of your organization, says this article from the State Bar of Wisconsin (www.wisbar.org), there’s no question: having a diverse workforce in your firm is good for business. Exploring and committing to diversity and inclusion has become “a business imperative.”
Millennials will be the ones to create truly diverse, inclusive places of work, says this opinion piece on Forbes.com (http://www.forbes.com). By 2025 Millennials will make up nearly 75 percent of the workforce. Driven by intellectual curiosity, they will likely lead “a human revolution” and create a “just world of work.”
“Empowerment is at the core of the tech industry,” writes Michelle Simmons, Microsoft Asia-Pacific’s General Manager of Southeast Asia New Markets. “When we talk about empowering people, we simply mean that with the right tools, anyone can become anything. Empowerment, therefore, is key to building a diverse and inclusive workforce.” Here are her suggestions for driving diversity and inclusion.
“After nearly two decades of inclusion, we know that ensuring students with disabilities have access to the same educational environments as their peers has resulted in significantly improved outcomes. Twenty years later, progress to fully include all students has stalled, says Sarah Barnes in a guest post on Education Week.com. Education Week is an independent news organization that covers American education system up to grade 12.
“In order to attract the best work force it is essential that your office is set up to cater for employees of all physical abilities. Although this may sound obvious, it is surprising just how few workplaces would be able to facilitate an employee with a disability if they were to start work with immediate effect.”
The current “special ed” system isn’t working, says this American special education specialist in an opinion piece published on ThinkInclusive.us. “What we have today are fragments and pockets of schools and communities that ‘do inclusion’ well. The vast majority of places, however, are either unwilling to implement inclusive classrooms or lack the resources to know where to start.”
“Many workplaces don’t put much thought into developing a climate where their employees feel safe and have a sense of belonging,” says career coach Marie Gervais, PhD. On her blog ShiftWorkPlace.com, Ms. Gervais gives some real world examples of successful inclusion, and explains how they got there.
In this article, the accessibility editor for Smashing Magazine discusses inclusive web design. Heydon Pickering calls himself a front-end developer, user experience designer and accessibility engineer. Although his article is complex, his message is simple. “Inclusive design means designing things for people who aren’t you.” Heydon Pickering’s Inclusive Design Tips:
A Rwandan-created Twitter campaign called the “Sign your Name Challenge” has taken off, with political figures, musicians and media personalities taking part, learning how to spell out their names in sign language. The campaign was initiated by Media for Deaf Rwanda. The founder of Media for the Deaf Rwanda explained that the #SignYourNameChallenge was started with the aim of enlightening Rwandan society about the existence of Rwandan sign language.