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.
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.”
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?”
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.
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.
The Ontario government has gathered an advisory group to share information and find solutions to the high unemployment rate among people with disabilities. The 17-member Employer’s Partnership Table (EPT) will meet for the next two years to come up with strategies to encourage organizations to hire more people with disabilities.
Canadian Business Senseability in partnership with the Whitby Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring Discover Ability with keynote speaker Mark Wafer on Thursday March 15, 2018 from 8:30- 11:00am. This exciting event will be held at the Abilities Centre Theatre, 55 Gordon St Whitby Ontario and this is a free breakfast event.
Aramark, a leading catering management and uniform company which serves sports teams, healthcare providers, educational institutions, cultural attractions and landmarks, as well as numerous municipalities in 19 countries globally was recently awarded top marks in the 2017 Disability Equity Index® (DEI®).
Progressive businesses are implementing more diverse and inclusive recruitment policies to secure a more sustainable future. But, diversity is itself a term which can mean different things to different people. It can mean employing people from different backgrounds, ages, gender, sexual orientation, disability, education or religion. But also, according to Farrah Qureshi, CEO at Global Diversity Practice, diversity can also mean respecting and appreciating each other’s differences in an age of challenging geopolitical change, “The key question for companies is how to leverage those diverse perspectives, lifestyles and backgrounds to drive business success and innovation,” says Qureshi.
The Evenbreak Best Practice Portal is a new tool designed to help employers and their employees create inclusive workplaces. The portal covers a variety of subjects such as how to interview a candidate and bring on board new employees with a disability. The advice comes in the form of videos, from leaders who have already pioneered a way through the minefield of barriers and red tape, so employers and their staff do not have to start from scratch and can adapt the advice to their own situation.
Harvard Business School’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging (PTFIB) has almost completed its goal of building an inclusive campus. But, before Drew Faust, President of the prestigious school, steps down at the end of this academic year, the PTFIB is asking the university community for further suggestions and recommendations.
An Ontario city has come up with a simple, but effective idea to make their downtown core more accessible. Cambridge, situated about an hour’s drive southwest of Toronto and close to the cities of Kitchener and Waterloo, has a lot of older buildings that have a single step at their front which makes it difficult for those people who use wheelchairs to get inside. But, a simple innovation, funded by the Toronto-based Stop Gap Foundation, has recently hit the streets.