Employees with Disabilities in the Workplace – Inclusive Training
Employees with disabilities in the workplace, includes workers with visual impairments and physical impairments. At Action, we believe that by including a workforce of people with disabilities into companies adds the following:
- Competitive edge
- Broader perspective
- Encourage creativity
- Boost morale
Hiring people with disabilities isn’t enough; we need to include training for diverse abilities and talents. This reduces barriers that we see in the workplace.
Action 4 the Blind and Disabled Children is a non-profit organization that supports the employment of people with disabilities through advanced computer skills. All we require is managers that are open-minded about reasonable accommodations in the workplace. Each employee is different and communication is key. Employees with disabilities want to succeed and Action assists employers to empower.
Here are a few tips we use for inclusive training:
- Assist employees with disabilities to identify career paths and development opportunities.
- Adapt training content to make it accessible.
- Ensure that all technologies used in training meets accessibility standards
- Implement training that prepares employees for the culture of your organization
- Use job coaches to teach social skills
Managers should listen to employees to increase the likelihood of success and build a positive relationship. The employer should check in with the employee during and after the training process.
When there are open lines of communication, training will be a success. It makes a huge difference when employees with disabilities are made to feel like part of a team, instead of separate from it.