Tag: Disabilities

What Is Possible for People With Disabilities

I broke my neck body surfing on New Year’s Eve while vacationing in Puerto Rico. The year was 1980, nearly 30 years ago. After a nine-month recovery at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation in New York, I began my life anew as a C5-C6 quadriplegic using a powered wheelchair. In…

Workplace Diversity: Is Hiring Only Gay Men Unfair

Workplace diversity challenged by reverse discrimination A shipping company lost a $1-million verdict after a manager only wanted to hire gay men. What can you learn Discrimination: Gender, Transgender and Sexual Orientation Company accused of hiring only gay men loses $1-million verdict.Three women filed a discrimination charge against a shipping…

How Can We Start Resource Groups Based on Generations, Disabilities

Q: We are in the beginning stages of forming adisabilitiesaffinity group. Would you be able to point us to best practices/research related to disabilities affinity groups Second, we are also in the beginning stages of forming agenerational/new professional/young professional affinity group. We’d like some best practices/research on what other companies…

Why Is Global Diversity So Difficult

It’s a question that challenges many companies. How much local control is needed and what happens when local cultural customs contrast with corporate values What best practices are being implemented And what company does it better than everyone else DiversityInc examined global diversity trends in depth in our exclusive global…

Top Workplace Tips: Things To Say to People With Disabilities

If you’ve read our “7 Things Never to Say to People With Disabilities” article, then you’re well aware that there are a host of verbal landmines that could befall otherwise well-intentioned employees intending to interact with colleagues who have disabilities. Potential gaffes run the gamut from “How did you get…

7 Things Never to Say to People With Disabilities

We’ve all heard them. Culturally insensitive terms such as “handicapped,” “retarded” and “slow” used to refer to people with disabilities, or “compliments” such as “but you look so good,” directed at people whose disabilities aren’t obvious.While those using the terms may not mean to be insensitive, that doesn’t make the…