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How Can Inclusive Design Create a Welcoming Workplace?

How Can Inclusive Design Create a Welcoming Workplace?

How many of the colleagues that you work with on a daily basis have a disability? Chances are it’s more than you think. That’s why inclusive design makes business sense, says this article on Real Views.com. Companies that leverage inclusive design have a broader talent pool to draw from which can translate into a business advantage. The aging baby boomer population, for example, is prone to hearing or vision impairments yet brings a wealth of experience to a company.

Why You Should Adopt Universal Design in Your Office

Why You Should Adopt Universal Design in Your Office

If you want to attract a wide range of clients and employees, it could boil down to location, location, location. Offices that emphasize accessibility can cater to a wider range of talent and clients, says Office Space, a maker of design software (https://www.officespacesoftware.com).

Accessible Meetings and Conventions

Accessible Meetings and Conventions

People with disabilities are active members of the workforce and often need to participate in offsite meetings and conventions, an article on Skiff.com wants to remind hospitality professionals. “Meeting and event planners must ensure they are accommodated,” says David Dikter, CEO of Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), an organization representing manufacturers, sellers, and providers of assistive technology for people with disabilities.

Digitally Inclusive Event Registration Platform

Digitally Inclusive Event Registration Platform

An Australian event planner who is visually impaired has launched a “web accessibility health check tool” for event organizers.  In a first-person piece on Spice News, an online magazine for the Australian events industry, Luli Adeyemo describes how she came to launch the online tool.

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.”

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.”

Harnessing Technology to Create an Inclusive Workplace

Harnessing Technology to Create an Inclusive Workplace

Technology, says this article on Real Business (https://realbusiness.co.uk) is the solution to creating a “transparent and equal global enterprise environment.” The opinion piece from a communications technology company argues Artificial Intelligence (AI), for example, can go beyond booking meeting rooms and turning on lights on command.

New Research Finds Hiring Disabled Canadians Could Boost Economic Growth

New Research Finds Hiring Disabled Canadians Could Boost Economic Growth

“Wake up, Canada," says Rick Hansen, Founder and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. New research from the Conference Board of Canada suggests that failing to make accessibility for people with disabilities a higher priority for would cost the country billions of dollars in lost economic growth.

 

Is My Workplace Inclusive and Accessible?

Is My Workplace Inclusive and Accessible?

The state government of Western Australia, like the Province of Ontario, is making a point of encouraging employers to hire people with disabilities. Its Count Me In strategy was launched in 2009, with an aim for “all people to live in welcoming communities that facilitate citizenship, friendship, mutual support and a fair go for everyone.”

Downtown Accessibility Ramp Project Kicks Off

Downtown Accessibility Ramp Project Kicks Off

In Owen Sound, Ontario, free portable ramps will soon make downtown shops more accessible for people using wheelchairs, wheeled walkers and pushing strollers. The first ramps were placed in front of two Owen Sound shops in the spring, for a ceremonial kick-off to promote use of the ramps downtown this summer. “It’s a no-brainer,” said one of the recent ramp recipients. “Why would I want to keep anyone from my store?”

Is Your Online Job Application Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Is Your Online Job Application Accessible To The Visually Impaired?

Lexology.com is a website written for and by the legal profession. This is an excerpt of an opinion piece that recently appeared on the site, warning employers about the potential for lawsuits from people with disabilities should their job postings not be fully accessible by screen readers.

Considering a Diversity or Inclusion Campaign?

Considering a Diversity or Inclusion Campaign?

Understanding of the benefits of diversity and inclusion is taking hold across Canadian industry. Steve Steck is Vice President of Business Development & Brand Strategy at Public Inc. Public Inc is a Toronto-based social impact marketing agency and consultancy. Mr. Steck has these words of advice for organizations who want to improve their levels of diversity and inclusion. The article appeared on Charity Village.

Diversity and Inclusion Are Good For Business

Diversity and Inclusion Are Good For Business

Damien Hooper-Campbell is the Chief Diversity Officer of e-Bay Canada. His guest piece in the Globe and Mail Report on Business says “more and more businesses are realizing that diversity and inclusion (D & I) isn't just a nice-to-have or a moral necessity: It's a business imperative.”

Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right

Getting Diversity and Inclusion Right

In an op-ed piece in the Ottawa Business Journal, the CEO of Klipfolio says he believes in diversity and inclusion, but that so many companies struggle, because it’s hard. Allan Willie is candid in this honest op-ed, about how diversity and inclusion are a goal at Klipfolio, but the definition of “diversity” changes all the time, and it’s hard to know when they’ve got it right.