Creating a community that is inclusive and accessible is not about meeting the needs of people with disabilities, but rather, meeting the needs of people. Here are four tips for creating more inclusive workplaces.
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.
A lengthy list of familiar names makes up Canada's Best Diversity Employers, published in the Globe and Mail in the spring of 2018. The employers were named for having inclusive and respectful work environments and successful diversity initiatives in areas including women, members of visible minorities, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and LGBTQ people.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched an ambitious strategy that they hope will “hardwire diversity and inclusion into everything the Corporation does.” The new strategy aims to make dramatic improvements in the corporation’s inclusivity and representation of the diverse population of the United Kingdom. The strategy sets out how the BBC will “do even more to reflect the public it serves.”
Glamour, the American fashion magazine, recently published a first-person piece by a writer with on the topic of fashion for people with disabilities. Writer Keah Brown, who is a person who has cerebral palsy, says every day actions like buttoning pants is frustrating and time-consuming. Now, she says, people with disabilities are starting to ease onto the radar of a tiny slice of the fashion industry.
A blog article on Socialcare.com.au reveals that American retailer K-Mart is alive and well in Australia, and leading the way with its inclusive marketing. In 2016 K-Mart Australia started featuring children with disabilities on a regular basis in its flyers and TV advertising. Children with Down’s Syndrome and kids using wheelchairs are now part of K-Mart Australia’s regular marketing efforts.
Non-profit organization RespectAbility has launched “The Hollywood Disability Toolkit: The RespectAbility Guide to Inclusion in the Entertainment Industry.” The toolkit, which is available free online, aims to assist the Hollywood entertainment machine with facts and sources to create opportunities for people with disabilities.
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.”
Everyone deserves a park, says America’s National Recreational Parks Association (NRPA). The NRPA is dedicated to ensuring that all people have access to the benefits of local parks and recreation. To achieve this, NRPA has made a formal commitment to the Partnership for Inclusive Health’s Commit to Inclusion initiative. They’re calling the three-year pledge “Parks for Inclusion.”