From Diversity to Inclusion_ Considering the Universally Designed Workplace

From Diversity to Inclusion_ Considering the Universally Designed Workplace

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From Diversity to Inclusion: Considering the Universally Designed Workplace - DiversityInc.com http://diversityinc.com//content/1757/article/6121/?From_Diversity_to_Inclusion_Considering_the_Universally_Designed_Workplace[2/13/2010 12:14:42 AM] Also read: people with disabilities , cultural competency , Things Not to Say , buying power , disability , accessibility Background The authors of this piece are from the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) at the University of Massachusetts Boston (http://communityinclusion.org/). For over 40 years ICI has offered training, clinical, and employment services, conducted research, and provided assistance to organizations to promote inclusion of people with disabilities in school, work, and community activities. This product was developed through our extensive experience in workplace support strategies for individuals with disabilities, as well as several research opportunities exploring the application of these strategies to other diverse populations. Introduction Employers undeniably face a more diverse work force than ever before, both among those that they currently employ and those that they will look to employ in the future. Between age, ethnicity, language, and disability, employers must consider how the face of the American worker is changing: It is graying . While many Baby Boomers are approaching retirement-age, not all can or will consider retirement, especially in light of today's economy. Sixty-nine percent of workers over 45 plan to continue working past age 65 . Even those who anticipate retirement may change their plans as the recession marches on and retirement savings dwindle. It is becoming more culturally and linguistically diverse . By the middle of this century, over half of the working population will be minorities. It is becoming more diverse in terms of disability . Estimates suggest that up to 20% of working age Americans have a disability. And this figure will increase as the working-age population extends beyond age 65 and workers develop age-related health conditions. Click here to read "The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for People with Disabilities." Click here to read "DiversityInc.com Launches New E-Accessibility Feature for People With Disabilities." Click here to read "Making the Workplace Accessible." While diversity programs have brought awareness and education into the workplace, diversity managers and administrators are challenged by ensuring their diverse work forces are fully inclusive. What is inclusion? Inclusion is the process of involving and valuing all people in an environment regardless of their differences. Inclusion requires a proactive strategy that reflects a conscious decision to respect individuals by affording them the opportunity to become a valued part of the organization. In order for inclusion to occur, the environment that is created must reflect
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