Webinar: What’s in a number? Disability data for business change, 4 October 2018
As companies change their culture on disability inclusion, how can they use data on employees with disabilities to understand progress and guide inclusion strategies? Gathering information on disability is a sensitive and difficult subject, and asking employees to share their disability status needs to be done carefully.
Susanne Bruyere from the Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability at Cornell University shared research findings from US companies on the importance of and key factors for disclosure. Susanne Bruyere’s presentation for download here.
Ruth Warick from the International Disability Alliance discussed the issue of disclosure of disability from the perspective of employees with disabilities.
Webinar: Neurodiversity in the Workplace: The Power of Difference
The webinar covered topics such as the concept of neurodiversity and the different groups it covers; proactive neurodiversity adjustments that benefit all employees; the Neurodiversity Toolkit of the Business Disability Forum (BDF); and avoiding tokenism and stigmatization in neurodiversity inclusion. Speakers were Nancy Doyle, CEO and Founder at Genius Within CIC, Adrian Ward, Head of Disability Partnerships at Business Disability Forum (BDF) and Neil Milliken, Global Head of Inclusion at Atos. Ilka Schoellmann, Technical Specialist on Equality and Non-Discrimination at the ILO moderated. Live captioning and International Sign were provided.
As part of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s work stream “Workplace Adjustment Services”, the masterclass webinar “Making Remote Working Work” addressed issues relevant for those responsible in multinational organisations for ensuring remote working liberates every employee’s productivity, while enhancing their well-being and engagement.
Moderated by Susan Scott-Parker (CEO and Founder, business disability international), Nasser Siabi (CEO, Microlink) and Christopher Lee (Managing Director, International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)) discussed how remote working can be made inclusive and accessible for all.
Webinar: Making it easier: Launch of a toolkit on best practice: employer “disability confidence”
This webinar launched the Disability Confident Employer’s Tool Kit. There is a clear imperative to make it easier for employers to say “yes” to the best practice that benefits both the business and persons with disabilities seeking meaningful employment and careers.
The UKAid supported “Inclusion Works” programme therefore launched the first set of its Disability Confident Employer’s Tool Kit.
The disability-confident toolkit is grounded in best corporate practice and offers a complete, step by step, roadmap for business leaders, human resource executives and building property managers on how to foster inclusive workspaces.
Take advantage of a portfolio of practical guides, checklists, case studies and resources which make it easier for any business to deliver the best practice we call ‘disability confidence’.
Webinar: Leave no one offline: engaging companies on digital accessibility
Digital accessibility, not as a compliance measure, but as a “human-first” based digital inclusion transformation initiative, is at the beginning of its journey. If companies can establish digital accessibility as a foundational pillar to their overall digital transformation strategy and engage employees with disabilities at the product and service and workplace design phase, then we can begin to move digital impact measurement of digital accessibility away from compliance and over to innovation and business differentiation.
Frances West, Founder of FrancesWestCo and main author of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network’s publication “Leave no one offline: A primer on engaging your company on digital accessibility” presented the key insights and recommendations covered by this publication.
Steve Framil, Founder & Associate Director Enterprise Digital Governance at Merck/MSD, presented the company’s journey on digital accessibility so far, success stories, current plans and the challenges that remain.
Yves Veulliet, Global Diverse Abilities Inclusion Leader at IBM, moderated the session.
Live captioning and International Sign interpretation were provided.
Webinar: Intersectionality between Disability and Black Lives Matter
The ILO Global Business and Disability Network, in partnership with Ruh Global IMPACT, organized a webinar on the Intersectionality between Disability and the Black Lives Matter movement.
We are witnessing unprecedented changes in society and these changes are impacting businesses and employers. Understanding the complexities of movements like #BlackLivesMatter and the intersectionalities of other inclusion efforts such as disability inclusion is critical.Inequalities and exclusion not only negatively impact on business, they can negatively impact your brand, your employees, your customers, and have other unexpected socioeconomic consequences.
The webinar features Firehiwot Siyum Tadese, LaMondre Pough, Heather Dowdy and Kimberlee Archibald, discussing their professional experience as a person of colour with disabilities.
Webinar: How Do You Lip Read a Robot? – Recruitment AI has a Disability Problem
This Zero Project conference session explored the unacknowledged risks to the more than 1.3 billion persons with disabilities triggered by the fast-growing use of Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered recruitment tools. Why do leaders of the global ethical AI debate disregard the potential harm to more than 1.3 billion people living today with disabilities and to the hundreds of millions who will become disabled in time? Will the HR cost savings generated by AI technology outweigh the potential damage to the life chances of so many? The discussants were Yves Veulliet (IBM), Susan Scott-Parker (business disability international), and Stefan Trömel (ILO Global Business and Disability Network).
Webinar: Globalising Employee Resource Groups on disability, 22 May 2019
Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) of workers with disabilities have proven to be a successful mechanism to make the needs of employees with disabilities heard and addressed in companies where these ERGs exist. Multinational enterprises with disability ERGs face the challenge of making these groups effective around the globe.
The webinar featured Kate Nash, CEO and Creator of PurpleSpace, the world’s only networking and professional development hub for employees with disabilities, as well as Rogier Reinders, chair of Dow’s Disability Employee Network for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and India (EMEAI).
The webinar was moderated by Yves Veulliet, Global Disability & Inclusion Leader at IBM.
Webinar: Filling the skills gap in the public sector: talent with disabilities, 13 February 2020
The public sector is facing rapid changes – from shifts in the organization of work to new technologies making their way into public entities. Targeted initiatives by public employers can create and maintain a pipeline of persons with disabilities who develop new and improve existing skills to make the public sector work for all.
Employment of persons with disabilities in the public service not only changes their place in society, the way society perceives persons with disabilities but also the ways people interact with the public sector.
Yazmine Laroche, Deputy Minister, Public Service Accessibility, Government of Canada;
Victor Calise, Commissioner, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, New York City;
Martha Jackson, Assistant Commissioner Employment and Business Relations, Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities, New York City.