Diversity in sport has long been a marginalized topic and is now regarded as a key competence, making it a compulsory subject for students at the German Sports University in Cologne. The “Week of Diversity” also takes place here together with the University of Cologne. And not just with feel-good topics.
Shortly after SuperValu had launched their Autism-Friendly Shopping project – following an 18 months development and piloting journey – their competitor, Lidl, followed with Autism Aware Quiet Evenings. Hefty backlash over an incident showed Lidl the shape of the learning curve companies need to follow in order to tap into diverse market segments.
For D&I practitioners, the societal climate and political environment are essential context factors. Both have direct impact on what organisations are doing in regards to diversity, equal opportunities or integration. A first of its kind report shows how societal and political dynamics relating to D&I have been changing in recent years – to the point that some equality laws might disappear.
The dynamics of fun parks are based on physical challenge and all kinds of visual or auditive impressions. Did you ever think about how people with a disability can enjoy the rides? Now, you can even try it.
As a D&I supporter, you might sometimes feel that existing inequities are first world problems. Admittedly, some gaps appear larger and some seem to be closing – but is there still an urgent need to continue with D&I beyond the business case? Two examples will reconfirm your commitment – from Bolivia and Russia.
Das Thema Behinderung gilt als Domäne der Sozialverbände. Umso bemerkenswerter ist es, dass die Mittelstandsbeauftragte, Staatssekretärin Gleicke aus dem Wirtschaftsministerium, mehr und bessere Ausbildungsplätze für junge Menschen mit Behinderungen forderte.
Die Inklusion am Arbeitsmarkt schreitet nur langsam voran. Das ist eine Kernaussage des „Inklusionsbarometer Arbeit“ der Aktion Mensch und des Handelsblatt Research Institutes (HRI). Der Bericht gibt detaillierte Einblicke in die aktuelle Situation behinderter Menschen am Arbeitsmarkt. Innovative Initiativen wie InkluJobs unterstützen derweil Unternehmen pragmatisch.
Providing managers with a personal experience of what it might feel like to live with a disability – this was the idea of two Challenges, which the financial services firm EY held at their UK headquarters.
Zehn Jahre nach ihrer Gründung zieht die Charta der Vielfalt nicht nur eine positive Bilanz ihrer Außenwirkung. Ihre Konferenz-Reihe gemeinsam mit dem Tagesspiegel feiert ein kleines Jubiläum und zeigt mit neuen Impulsen, dass die Reise gerade erst begonnen hat.
Die Aktion Mensch macht nicht nur Menschen durch ihre Soziallotterie glücklich, sie verfügt auch über Expertenwissen zur Barrierefreiheit. In einem Workshop bei der Diversity Konferenz von Tagesspiegel und Charta der Vielfalt stellte ein Team Neuerungen im Bereich Barrierefreiheit vor.
To mark the International Youth Day, the European Disability Foundation had interviewed two members of their Youth Committee to share their views on today’s challenges for young people with a disability. Shortly before, the European Commission had published a report on intersectional discrimination – which does not say much about the intersection of disability and youth…
Gender and other stereotypes are formed during childhood. Therefore, toys and emojis that promoted traditional roles or assumptions have been criticised for long. Now, several new developments occur.
Most States around the Persian Gulf receive publicity for fundamental issues with many dimensions of Diversity. It is there for notable that recently disability, LGTB and – more substantially – gender have been publicly addressed.
In an online article, the BBC has recently shed light on the disability market and presented companies tapping into that potential. The collective spending power of people with a disability, their friends and family, is described as a large segment: The so-called ‘Purple Pound’ incorporates about 20% of all consumers and is valued at £212 billion, in the U.K. only.
The Spanish Diversity Foundation has recently published the results of a survey of Diversity in the workplace. The study of just over 100 Spanish companies reveals inequalities in the areas of gender and age diversity and also sheds light on the situation of employment of people with disabilities, work life balance and D&I awareness programmes.
The European Commission and the Spanish ONCE Foundation recently published two reports on EU funded projects related to labour market integration of people with disabilities (PWD) and mainstreaming disability dimension in the European agendas. The reports contain good practices and show how mainstreaming disability can be driven forward inside and outside the EU.
Many studies claim to describe the business benefits of D&I. Critics, however, often challenge the research methodology or other aspects. The updated 3rd edition of the unique International Business Case Report (IBCR 3.1) contains 1-page summaries of 203 studies which were all checked for significance, robustness, validity, reliability and, if applicable, for statistical bias.
The value of networking and joint work on the regional level is familiar to many Diversity stakeholders in Europe or the Americas, particularly in the area of disability, where a lot of specialised groups exist. The first General Assembly of the African Disability Form (ADF) marks an important step in the representation of people with a disability. At the same time, two new reports present current insight into disability in Africa.
The Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM) was the first Spanish university that implemented a special support programme for students with intellectual disabilities (ID) already ten years ago. After the graduation of the first four cohorts, the initiative was evaluated and the results of the study (by Dolores Gasset) was first published in 2012, in Spanish only. As the results are internationally relevant, indicating high levels of employability of the graduates, they have recently been made accessible also in English.
Seit 2008 gilt die UN-Konvention über die Rechte von Menschen mit Behinderungen, in deren Zentrum das Thema Inklusion, insbesondere auch auf dem Arbeitssektor, festgeschrieben wurde. Wie steht es heute um die Beschäftigungssituation behinderter Menschen in den EU-Ländern? Wie kann man die Ziele der UN-Konvention am besten erreichen?