Empowering Equality: Creating an Inclusive Workplace through Accessibility

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About Red Shirt Day  

Red Shirt Day of Action for AccessAbility and Inclusion is celebrated on the Wednesday that falls during National AccessAbility Week every year. The day was created by Easter Seals in 2019 and is intended to show support for disabled people and the commitment to working towards a more inclusive, accessible, and accommodating society. For more information, please visit www.easterseals.ca

 

Having the understanding with co-workers that you may not work the same way they work or how most people work.  That sometimes, things take longer than normal, and it’s not intentional or being lazy. Being accepted for not being like everyone, that you have your own story to tell, and being respected for it.   – MDS 

Variation: Committing to inclusivity in the workplace should be an ongoing and evolving process at all workplaces. Consistent effort to provide a safe, comfortable, and respectful workplace goes a long way to show this commitment to people who work there and to guests. This article was created to remind everyone, worker and workplace alike, that we are all people who need to be included and what we can do to ensure that no one is left behind. 

 

What is a Disability?  

A disability is any condition of the mind or body that can impact someone’s day-to-day life and tasks. Disabilities are very diverse and affect people in many different ways. Some disabilities are permanent, while others are temporary from an injury, illness, or other situation. Some are immediately noticeable, whereas others are harder to identify.  

Workplace accessibility ensures that everyone has access to the proper accommodations to help them succeed and feel comfortable in their jobs. It involves continuously evaluating and adjusting policies, environments, and implementations to ensure all employees can do their duties without barriers.  

It is crucial to build a disability-inclusive workplace and ensure that enough support is given to every individual. This will also promote a happier and healthier work culture by showing that everyone is appreciated and respected. Here are some best practices and common ways employers are working towards the goal of fully accessible workplaces.  

 

Ways to Enhance Accessibility and Inclusion in the Workplace 

Promote genuine communication and trust  

It’s important for employees to feel safe and heard so they can openly discuss the areas they may need accommodations for at work. Ensuring regular one-on-one check-ins that can be scheduled or performed on an as-needed basis helps employees feel they need them is very beneficial. These conversations help to stay on track with how to help everyone succeed in the ways they need.  

Having genuine and sincere conversations ensures that employees are supported and cared about in ways other than their performance and that their comfort, well-being, and health are all a large priority.   

Some people are uncomfortable talking about their feelings or needs, even when the work environment is healthy and caring. Sometimes it is a good idea to allow anonymous feedback, such as a survey, or a less direct conversation, such as a text message, email, or call.  

Offer flexible work hours and policies 

Remote work and hybrid routines have become a norm in various industries. Offering flexibility and at-home working can be helpful to employees with disabilities and other health concerns. Although adding all of the possible accessibility features helps in many great ways, some days working in the comfort of your own home is the best solution and can make the employees’ day much easier. 

Ensure there are physical accessibility features 

The workspace should be easy and safe to navigate for everyone, emphasizing the importance of removing any architectural barriers. Architectural accessibility can include ramps, elevators, braille signage, designated parking, specialized bathrooms, and many other structural designs. It’s important to remember that even if your employees may not need those accessibility features currently, someone may need them in the future. 

Seeking advice can be very beneficial to get extra opinions on how the spaces can be more disability friendly. Hiring a specialist to assess the building or asking the staff for their views on how it can be improved is a great and cost-effective way to get more input on accessibility.   

Invest in Assistive and Digital Technology  

Digital accessibility ensures that all users can access the given information equally and is a very important step in fostering accessibility in the workplace. This could be by adding screen readers, translators, captioning videos, and other assistance features to everyday technology. In today’s digital age and with technology constantly developing, all kinds of new inclusive improvements can greatly benefit the staff and their abilities to do their work.  

Diverse Education and Training  

Training and learning can look different in so many ways, and what works for some may not for others. Training different individuals according to their educational needs is important to ensure they learn comfortably.  

Investing in different types of mentoring and training programs ensures that the ongoing development of the employees is being accommodated and supported. Getting feedback from the staff trained in the past is another great method of revising training procedures. 

 

Being accepted in a workplace despite not necessarily being like everyone else. Knowing that my job isn’t jeopardized due to something outside my control. And respecting that I have a family with similar issues that may require my attention and not being thought less of for it.  – RDS 

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