Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility

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3 people icons with linked armsDisability 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.

Highlighted DEIA Resources

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Ways to Boost Inclusion in Your Workplace

Tips that will help you to create and maintain an inclusive work environment. This resource is part of PEAT’s Inclusive XR & Hybrid Work Toolkit.

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Neurodiversity & Intersectionality: A Disclosure Challenge Podcast Episode

Wesley Faulkner shares how being a person of color and having ADHD & dyslexia impacted disclosing his disability at work.

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PEAT’s AI & Disability Inclusion Toolkit

A Toolkit to help you use artificial intelligence (AI) enabled technologies in hiring and recruiting to reduce bias and lead to fair outcomes for people with disabilities.

Podcast: NDEAM & LGBTQ+ History Month – A Conversation on Intersectional Identities at Work

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. […]

Published: October 27th, 2022|Tags: , , , , |

Podcast: Attract Top Talent with Inclusive Hiring Practices

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. […]

Published: September 23rd, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Podcast: A Personal Story of Long COVID & Disability Disclosure

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. […]

Published: June 23rd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Creating a Truly Inclusive Workplace: A Conversation Between Colleagues with Disabilities

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. […]

Published: May 18th, 2022|Tags: , , , |

Ways to Boost Inclusion in Your Workplace

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 [...]

Published: January 25th, 2022|Tags: |

Equitable AI Hub & Spoke Model Infographic

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 [...]

Published: October 2nd, 2021|Tags: |

The Equitable AI Playbook

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.

Published: June 14th, 2021|Tags: , , , |