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: The Future of Work – Building an environment for inclusive employment
In this session, speakers shared innovative policies and practices that have contributed to accessible and inclusive employment environment. Moderator: Jürgen Menze, ILO, Switzerland. Speakers: Lars Lindberg, Nordic Welfare Center, Sweden; Mounter Wu, Flex Zhuhai, China; Marina Kalnitski, Inclusion Factory, China; Peter Njioka, Safaricom, Kenya; Frances West, Frances WestCo, United States. This session was part of the Zero Project Conference 2022
Webinar: Reaping the business benefits of accessibility
Companies increasingly recognise the benefits of accessibility, including physical and digital, as part of their efforts to create more inclusive workplaces in which all employees can thrive. Five multinational enterprise members of the ILO Global Business and Disability Network – Accenture, Atos, GSK, Repsol and Standard Chartered Bank – presented their latest key accessibility practices and policies. Speakers: Jarl Ross (Accenture), Beatriz González Mellídez (Atos), Andy Garrett (GSK), Javier García González (Repsol) and Bhumit Shah (Standard Chartered Bank).
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.
Webinar: Neuro-inclusive companies – unlocking the potential of neurodiverse employees
Neurodiversity refers to the idea that all humans have diverse cognitive profiles, neurological abilities and strengths and weaknesses, which should be recognized and respected. Neurominorities are on a spectrum of cognitive functioning, who think differently and perceive the world in different ways – often due to conditions such as autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyspraxia, dyslexia, dyscalculia, Tourette’s syndrome and other neurological differences.
Businesses are increasingly recognizing that neurominorities can bring much needed talent and skills to workplaces if reasonable adjustments are made to enable their full professional potential.
The webinar presented latest practices by leading multinational enterprises IBM, Orange, EY and HSBC on becoming neuro-inclusive places to work. International Sign interpretation and live captioning 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.