Here’s a handy and quick tool by which an organization can figure out how well their inclusivity efforts are working. The self-assessment tool is aimed at sports organizations but the questions can be adapted to almost any organization type. It takes about 15 minutes to go through the questions.
Happy Canada Day! The Together We Rock! team is proud to be citizens of the “True North Strong and Free.” Amid all of the festivities, let us take a moment to acknowledge that this great land is First Nations land. As a nation, all of us need to raise our voices to ensure that this reality is never forgotten. We are also a county that welcomes and is strengthened by our diversity. Canada Rocks!
Devex.com is the media platform for the global development community. The Devex mission statement is to “keep you better connected to the news, business intelligence, funding and career opportunities you need, to do more good for more people.”Effective leadership and human resource practices can impact the diversity and inclusion of a workplace. Some workplaces include the following:
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.
The Discover Ability Network is the new online portal for connecting employers and persons with disabilities who are looking for work in the Province Ontario, Canada. The portal is a key deliverable of Access Talent: Ontario’s Employment Strategy for People with Disabilities, the comprehensive plan focused on connecting people with disabilities to rewarding jobs, and employers to new talent that can help grow their businesses.
UX or User Experience is the process of designing digital products with a deep understanding of users and their abilities and needs. This short video from UX Mastery is an introduction to accessibility for creators of digital experiences. This video asks developers to think harder about the end user, because everyone is different. “How we move, think, hear and see can vary greatly. Don’t cut someone out just because you aren’t prepared for the way they may react to your creation. And most of all, make it easy. This is what being inclusive is about.”
The Whitby Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Canadian Business SenseAbility sponsored Discover Ability featuring keynote speaker Mark Wafer. This event was held at the Abilities Centre in Whitby, Ontario. As a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, Together We Rock! was pleased to be one of the presenting sponsors of this event. An audience of 100 employers and representatives from community organizations attended Discover Ability.
Inclusion in Action: Practical Strategies to Modify Your Curriculum is a soon to be released book by Nicole Eredics from Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co. Nicole Eredics is a teacher, speaker, and consultant who is a recognized advocate for inclusive education. Nicole’s highly successful blog, The Inclusive Clas is a well-respected resource for educators dedicated to the full inclusion of students with disabilities in school communities.
Canada defines itself by bridges, not walls. This is the sentiment of Canada’s Supreme Court Chief Justice, Beverley McLachlin, who will step down from her position at the end of this year. McLachlin said “Canada still defines itself by inclusion, by what it embraces, not exclusively by what it rejects.”
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®).
Effective teaching means effective communication. However, with students emerging from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and abilities in today’s classrooms, the language used in teaching can often stifle students’ progress. Subjects such as math and science use jargon which can be confusing, especially when the students speak differently and may use a different language at home.
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.