Accessibility and Inclusivity in the Workplace

Accessibility in the workplace is the practice of making information, tasks and activities, and the work environment practical, meaningful, and usable for as many people as possible. It is about identifying and responding to conditions of in-access and providing equitable opportunities, regardless of a person’s abilities or circumstances. This is in addition to providing ‘reasonable accommodations’ for staff and job applicants who are disabled in accordance with the legal ADA Compliance (US) /ACA Compliance (Canada) requirements.

*The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) § 36.203(a) states that A public accommodation shall afford goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations to an individual with a disability in the most integrated setting appropriate to the needs of the individual.

Inclusion is the behaviors within team culture that encourages everyone to feel heard and valued for their individual skills and uniqueness. Inclusion fosters a sense of belonging, increased collaboration, and stronger relationship building. Through this guide, we review inclusive practices and considerations to take when proactively addressing accessibility at the virtual and physical workplace. After reviewing the guide, this worksheet can be used to assess your own organization’s accessibility and inclusion policies and procedures and identify areas to improve.

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