Each year March is Disability Awareness Month. This year the Governors Council has decided upon the theme "Be Cool. We are" So I to go over some ways that you could be more welcoming and inclusive to people with disabilities.
The first area I would recommend focusing on is employment. I've got two sayings that employers should keep in mind when considering people with disabilities. The first phrase is "Inclusion drives Innovation" which means having a wider array of people means having a larger variety of ideas and a better chance for success. And the second is "Ask the Person" which means ask the individual with a disability what their primary skills are and how they would be a good fit for your company.
Some other considerations during this month are that not all disabilities are visible. Someones outward appearance might mask a cognitive or internal disability. Respecting personal space is a big concern as well. Individuals with disabilities are often abused because they conform to authority figures so when working with someone and not knowing their background its good to give some comfort space to protect and ensure the dignity of all parties involved. I hope these tips can help to make your workplace a more inclusive and welcoming place for everyone.
People with disabilities want the same things as any other employee. They want respect, dignity and a chance to contribute to the company or organization they are working for. Thank you!
Please comment or reach out to me with any thoughts.