October was National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and as a result, an abundance of disability content was released to the media. From tips on accessible office design to inclusive card games, wheelchair-friendly Halloween costumes, and an exciting new series in the podcast world, there were so many interesting topics to be explored this month! Take a look at some of the articles that topped our list in October.
Introducing the DE Talk Podcast!
We did it! We launched a podcast! The DE Talk monthly podcast will feature honest and open dialogue between powerhouse industry experts on a variety of HR topics ranging from OFCCP compliance advice to emerging recruitment marketing trends, diversity and inclusion initiatives, and insightful solutions that help infuse new life into your HR strategies. For our first episode, we sat down with the state of Florida’s first openly autistic attorney, Haley Moss, to start a conversation about workplace obstacles, triumphs, and the neurodiverse community.
Disability Not a Barrier: At a Time of Low Unemployment, Employers Tap a New Talent Pool
While the number of workers with disabilities has increased, they only account for about 12% of the total workforce. Reversely, as today’s pool of talent shrinks and unemployment sinks lower, opportunities for workers with disabilities are growing–and for good reason! Explore the many benefits of diverse workforce in this article from USA Today.
Hiring Neurodiverse People Like Me Can Give Companies a Competitive Advantage
You’ve heard from Haley Moss on the DEAMcon stage, as well as in our brand-new podcast DETalk. Now, see how she says hiring neurodiverse people can give companies a competitive advantage in her latest article for the Washington Post!
How Do We Design Workplaces For Inclusivity And Diversity
There’s a lot of talk about hiring for diversity and inclusion, but what happens when your workplace isn’t accessible for your diverse hires? This article by Forbes offers tips and tricks for ensuring your office incorporates an inclusive and accessible design.
Airlines, Hotels, Attractions Prove Disability Inclusion Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do—It’s Great for Business
According to a new study, the tourism industry is leading the way in disability inclusion–and achieved an average of 28% higher revenue, 30% greater economic profit margins, and twice the net income of less inclusive employers.
Blind Engineer Builds a SMART Cane That Has Google Maps, Bluetooth, and a Sensory Device
We have smart cars, smart phones and even smart houses, so it only makes sense that someone should design a smart cane for the blind and visually impaired. Take a look at this awesome new technology that could change the world for the blind and visually impaired.
BONUS: The JAN Workplace Accommodation Toolkit
JAN’s Workplace Accommodation Toolkit is a free, comprehensive online resource for employers seeking to move beyond basic compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to create more disability-inclusive workplaces. The Toolkit provides guidance and resources for developing or updating accommodation policies and processes while leveraging the best proven practices available to date. Check it out!
That’s a lot of great content–and what a great month NDEAM has been. Let’s make it a priority to continue fostering an inclusive and accessible employment workforce the whole year through! Want more great HR news? Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter to see these articles as we share them daily!
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