We believe in celebrating the diverse identities and experiences of our employees. Today, on July 30th, we join the global community in celebrating Disability Pride Month. This month is a time to honor the contributions and achievements of individuals with disabilities, raise awareness about disability rights, and promote inclusivity in all aspects of life.
Disability Pride Month holds significant importance as it commemorates the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in July 1990, a landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It reminds us of the progress we have made and the work that lies ahead to create a more inclusive society for all.
We would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to Disabled activists, leaders, and influencers who have been tirelessly advocating for disability rights and working towards creating a more accessible world. Their efforts inspire us to continue championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workplace.
As part of our commitment to fostering an inclusive environment, we encourage everyone to educate themselves about disability-related issues, challenge ableism, and promote accessibility. Here are a few actions you can take:
1️⃣ Educate Yourself: Take the time to learn about the experiences and perspectives of individuals with disabilities. Engage in conversations, read books or articles, and attend workshops or webinars to broaden your understanding.
2️⃣ Foster Inclusivity: Ensure that our workplace practices, policies, and physical environment are accessible and inclusive. Consider embedding accessibility in our budgets, appointing Access Coordinators for projects, and practicing inclusive hiring by providing equal opportunities for Disabled individuals.
3️⃣ Amplify Voices: Share stories and experiences of individuals with disabilities to raise awareness and promote understanding. By amplifying their voices, we can challenge stereotypes and create a more inclusive narrative.
4️⃣ Support Disability-Owned Businesses: Embrace supplier diversity and seek out partnerships with disability-owned businesses. By supporting these businesses, we contribute to the economic empowerment of individuals with disabilities.
Let's celebrate Disability Pride Month together and work towards building a workplace where every individual feels valued, respected, and included. We encourage you to participate in the conversation, share your experiences, and continue learning from one another.
Remember, diversity is our strength, and together we can create a more inclusive future.