Workforce Diversity and Inclusion Special Interest Group
Advancing Inclusive Workplace Practices:
Effective Employer Practices in Support of Disability-Inclusive Workplaces
||Marilyn Byrd, University of Oklahoma
Thomas P. Golden, Cornell University
Susanne M. Bruyere, Cornell University
Sarah von Schrader, Cornell University
The objectives of this webinar are to:
- highlight ways that IWDs perceive workplace exclusion;
- identify ways to measure workplace inclusion;
- recognize workplace policies that contribute to a disability inclusive environment;
- explain the critical role supervisors play in creating a disability inclusive environment; and
- recommend practices to create and sustain an environment of inclusion for IWDS.
The low labor force participation rate of individuals with disabilities (IWDs) and the recurring number of disability discrimination cases suggests that more effort is needed to create disability-inclusive workplaces. Recently, to improve employment opportunities for IWDs, the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contract Compliance revised Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act to include a nationwide 7% utilization goal for qualified IWDs. The utilization goal supports recruiting, hiring, and promotion practices, thus strengthening efforts to attract and retain qualified IWDs.
In this webinar, the discussants will present subject matter expertise in describing the current state of disability and inclusion in the workplace. The discussion will include IWDs’ experiences during the employment process, their perceptions of attitudes encountered in the workplace, and their rights to disclose information regarding their disability status. Special emphasis will be placed on creating workplace environments that are “disability friendly,” strategies employers can use to encourage applicants with disabilities, and creating policies that minimize stereotyping, exclusion, and the micro aggressions that can contribute to IWDs sense of being devalued and marginalized in the workplace. Current and related research on employer best practices from Cornell University will be shared.
This webinar is presented by the Workforce Diversity and Inclusion SIG in partnership with the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employer Practices Related to Employment Outcomes Among Individuals with Disabilities, Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute.* The webinar targets new as well as experienced HR practitioners, corporate officers, researchers, scholarly practitioners, and others with an interest in diversity related issues and advancement of inclusive workplace practices.
*The Cornell University Employer Practices RRTC is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (Grant No. H133B100017).