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Beyond Compliance: Redefining Accessibility in the Workplace

Updated: Jun 27

Lessons from Global Pioneers

In the pursuit of inclusive excellence, organizations can draw inspiration from countries like Canada and Sweden, renowned for their comprehensive approach to integrating disability accommodations with racial equity. These nations have demonstrated that when healthcare, education, and employment opportunities are equitably distributed, the playing field for marginalized communities becomes more level. As activist Lydia X. Z. Brown states:

Disability justice is the art and the practice of honoring the body". By learning from global best practices, companies can foster a culture that truly honors the diverse experiences of their employees.

The Ripple Effect of Inclusion

True accessibility extends beyond the workplace. Fostering an inclusive culture requires engagement with the broader community. Organizations that actively partner with community organizations and advocacy groups to address the intersectionality of race and disability are better positioned to create lasting change. A study by Accenture found that companies that prioritize disability inclusion achieve 28% higher revenue, double the net income, and 30% higher economic profit margins compared to their peers.

Inclusion is not a matter of political correctness. It is the key to growth," states Jesse Jackson, civil rights activist and founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.

Redesigning Accommodations

Redefining accessibility in the workplace involves moving beyond mere compliance and towards proactive, inclusive design. This means considering the diverse needs of employees from the outset, rather than retrofitting accommodations as an afterthought. Universal Design principles offer a framework for creating environments that are usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design. By incorporating these principles into the workplace, organizations can create spaces that are inherently accessible, benefiting not only employees with disabilities, they accommodate the entire workforce.

Call to Action

At Baker Consulting, our READI2B framework is rooted in the understanding that accessibility and inclusion are not mere checkboxes. They are the foundation for organizational success. We partner with businesses to create strategic plans that address the intersectionality of race and disability within the workplace and beyond. Our team of experts works closely with organizations to assess their current practices, identify opportunities for improvement, and implement evidence-based solutions that drive meaningful change. Contact us today to embark on a journey towards inclusive excellence.


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