Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility
Disability is a natural part of the human experience and a dimension of diversity that crosses all communities. People with disabilities are a highly diverse group with lived experiences that overlap. Gender, race, class, sexuality, age and religion are all examples of an individual’s interlocking identities.
Identifying as both a person with a disability and another dimension of diversity can affect how someone thinks about their disability. It can also impact their ability to access resources, opportunities and support.
Employees should be able to express these interlocking identities confidently and ask for what they need to be successful at their jobs. It’s a best practice for organizations to consider Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA) as interconnected strands rather than separate pieces.
Below are a few featured PEAT resources that highlight DEIA, as well as a continually updated list of our DEIA-related content.
Bill Curtis-Davidson, PEAT’s Co-director, and Chris Wood, Executive Director and Co-Founder of LGBT Tech and Chair of the FCC Communications Equity and Diversity Council share personal experiences and insights to mark National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) and LGBTQ+ History Month. Bill and Chris talk about the importance of digital equity, share tips for LGBTQ+ leaders in the workplace, and more. Warning: This episode briefly mentions threats of violence and suicide. […]
Meryl Evans, accessibility expert and LinkedIn Top Voice in Disability Advocacy 2022, discusses the top small steps that hiring managers can take to impact inclusion in talent acquisition. Companies often miss opportunities to hire skilled workers because of barriers in the hiring process. Sharing her own experiences as a person who is deaf, Meryl offers tangible tips to create more inclusive hiring practices for everyone. […]
Pam Bingham, Senior Program Manager for the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Tech team at Intuit, shares her personal story of navigating long COVID symptoms at work. She also gives thoughtful tips on how HR leaders can support employees with disabilities from underrepresented groups and shares advice for anyone experiencing long COVID in the workplace. […]
Four colleagues at Wheelhouse Group, who lead the PIA & PEAT initiatives as prime contractors, come together to discuss their personal experiences as employees with disabilities. Based on their lived experiences as individuals with mental health disabilities, visual impairment and substance use disorder, they offer their advice on what employers and fellow team members can do to create a truly inclusive and stigma free workplace. […]
The PEAT team presented at some exciting events during the month of March. If you attended and want a refresher or could not make it and would like to read what we shared, the slides are linked below. […]
Wesley Faulkner, Head of Community at SingleStore, shares how being a person of color and having ADHD & dyslexia impacted disclosing his disability at work. He also reveals his vision for the inclusive workplace of the future. […]
Jeffrey Brown, Diversity and Inclusion Research Fellow at the Partnership on AI, discusses strategies for using AI-enabled recruiting technologies in ways that enhance diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) priorities. […]
Inclusion Starts with You There are many ways that you can boost inclusion in your workplace. From ensuring that the technologies you use are accessible to participating in community initiatives, you can make an impact. Below are ideas and resources to help you create and maintain an inclusive work environment. Commit to Inclusion Boost diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives by actively seeking out and hiring people with disabilities. Read the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) guidance on building an inclusive workforce. Foster a culture [...]
This brief overview is designed to help leadership understand the value of inclusive extended reality (XR) technologies in the workplace.
An infographic that shows a conceptual hub-and-spoke model for implementing Equitable AI in your organization. At the center of the graphic is The Equitable AI Hub, which is surrounded by Advisors. Advisors include: the CEO, Board of Directors and Chief AI Ethics Officer. A concentric circle surrounding the Advisors outlines Champions. Champions are influential leaders who promote the Equitable AI Initiative across your organization. These typically include Digital Accessibility, DEIA (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility), ERGs (Employee Resource Groups), Procurement, Legal, L&D (Learning & Development) and HR (Human Resources). A concentric circle surrounding the Champions shows [...]
Ahva Sadeghi and Paula Mora, founders of Symba, discuss how companies can increase their access to a diverse talent pool through remote internship and apprenticeship programs. […]
The Equitable AI Playbook is a blueprint that can help your organization foster inclusion as you procure, develop or implement artificial intelligence (AI) technologies in your workplace. Organizations are increasingly using AI to screen job candidates, streamline the application process, monitor employee actions, and provide employee training. However, AI technologies can often be unintentionally biased and produce unfair outcomes for different protected classes. This can increase the risk of bias and discrimination against job candidates and employees.