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Accessible and inclusive workplaces reflect an organization’s culture and inclusive policies. Inclusive workplaces provide accessibility to all. Inclusive workplaces generate mutual acceptance from all employees. Absence of accessibility and acceptance creates exclusion.

The limitations that people with identified disabilities experience in their daily lives come from many barriers ranging from attitudes to public spaces: Inclusion and diversity will improve both.
Workplaces that are structurally designed for inclusion may change attitudes and create a larger sense of belonging, reducing stigma. Workplaces designed for inclusion accommodate the widest array of people possible and benefit all citizens and employees.

However, because most public spaces are designed by ‘able’ people with little experience or no consideration about differences, the spaces become inaccessible to many individuals. It is these spaces that are defective as they prevent many skilled and otherwise abled individuals to equitable access to these public spaces and workplaces.

In the day-to-day activities of people with disabilities, it is the spaces that are defective, not the individuals.


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Companies that are committed to creating inclusive workplaces:

  • Have stronger brands
  • Enhance their public images by being seen as good corporate citizens
  • Extend their reach by accessing a larger talent pool
  • Become more resilient and adaptive
  • Are better at attracting and retaining talent
  • Foster innovation and build business capacity
  • Expand their customer bases

Ensuring accessibility and inclusiveness creates a better workplace for all employees

Employers that apply inclusive design principles and take steps to develop more inclusive workplaces will:

  • Make employment more accessible
  • Leverage the benefits of diversity
  • Create healthier workplace cultures for all employees
  • Boost the value of their human capital
  • Provide opportunities for all employees to learn about inclusiveness and accessibility



Disclaimer:

HIRE for TALENT has made every effort to use the most respectful words possible while writing these materials. We realize, however, that the most appropriate terminology may change over time. We developed these materials with the intent to respect the dignity and inherent rights of all individuals.



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Inclusive workplaces create healthier workplace culture for all employees.

True. They also increase a company's capacity to attract and retain talent.



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The toolkit offers a variety of informative tools. Learn about the skills people with disabilities bring to the workplace and use our ‘how-to’ resources, that provide practical tips and strategies on successful recruitment, hiring, inclusion and retention of people with disabilities.

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FACTS & STATS

Employers often find that workers who identify as having disabilities have unique abilities; they also tend to work harder to prove themselves.
According to employers, people with disabilities perform as well or better than other workers. These employers concluded that hiring people with disabilities did not negatively impact their businesses.
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In a national survey of consumer attitudes towards various companies, 92% of the respondents gave favourable ratings to businesses that hire people with disabilities.
98% were satisfied or very satisfied with the service they received when dealing with an employee with a disability.