MyIntegra is proud to support International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) with Australia’s most-decorated Paralympian swimmer, Ellie Cole.
IDPwD is observed annually on December 3rd in Australia. The day aims to promote understanding, awareness, and acceptance of people with disabilities, as well as to celebrate their achievements and contributions to society. It provides an opportunity to reflect on the challenges faced by people with disabilities and to work towards creating a more inclusive and accessible world.
Ellie’s journey and achievements embody the values of IDPwD, from the pool to promoting inclusivity, Ellie has inspired positive change in workplaces. In celebration of IDPwD Ellie shares her top tips for improving disability inclusion in the work environment:
- Starting is the most important thing:Ellie emphasises that inclusivity is easier than you think. The key is to start, and support is available to kickstart the process.
- Look into workplace modifications: Contrary to misconceptions, workplace modifications don’t have to be costly. Discover the benefits of reasonable accommodations and government subsidies available to support these.
- Communicate with courtesy: Treat everyone with the respect they deserve. There’s no specific way to communicate with a person with a disability – just extend the same courtesy you would to anyone else.
- Challenge unconscious bias with courtesy: Reflecting on unconscious bias is the first step to inclusivity. Understand and challenge deep-rooted attitudes for a more innovative workplace.
- Make your workplace more accessible: Disability is diverse; tailor your approach. Beyond physical modifications, review policies and procedures, and improve staff awareness to create a truly accommodating workplace.
If you’re interested in learning more about how you can make your workplace disability inclusive, read the full article here: Five tips for improving disability inclusion at work.