Talking to Managers about Disability: New Communication Tools from the Northeast ADA Center
January 19, 2017
As we outlined in Painting a Deeper Picture of Disability Inclusiveness: Changing Organization Culture and Climate, creating a workplace that includes people with disabilities doesn’t happen merely because policies exist within an organization. Organization culture and climate around including people with disabilities must be continually reinforced. In order to support organizational communication around this important topic, the Northeast ADA Center has created Talking to Managers about Disability: Communication Tools. These tools are designed to be used by organizational leaders (including human resources, diversity and inclusion teams, company owners, and executives) to send out the right messages to the right people in the right way.
· The right messages focus on the importance of disability inclusion to business success.
· The right people are managers and supervisors. They set the tone for disability inclusion in their own teams and across the organization.
· The right way is to use short messages that are simple, clear, relevant, and engaging.
The Northeast ADA Center created communication tool templates on 11 topics. Under each topic, you will find sample communications you can adapt to your own organization. You can use them as is by merely inserting your organization name where indicated or you can use them as a starting point for crafting your own communications. The topics addressed include: