Here are five simple solutions companies can incorporate to make their workplace more disabled-friendly from BW Business World.

1. Implementing an assistive technology programme
In today’s times most jobs require knowledge of computers and technology. Often, people with disabilities may need assistive technology to support them in the workplace. This could include colour coded keyboard, screen reader and magnifier, assistive listening devices, refreshable braille displayers amongst others. Create an Assistive Technology programme in the company that provides access to the employee based on their needs so he or she is able to perform the tasks without any impediment. Also, provide them the relevant training to get utmost benefit from the assistive technology.

2. Ensure your websites are accessible

Employees need to access corporate websites regularly so companies can ensure that websites comply with the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guideline (WCAG) 2.0 so all the employees have equal access to the information and the PWDs don’t have to depend on anyone to get work done.

3. Providing support during meetings

In-person and online trainings need to consider the diverse needs of people with disabilities. This could include providing sign language support, ensuring that training material is available in Braille, large print or accessible PDF.

4. Sensitisation and training

Conduct sensitising workshops and disability etiquette training for all employees. This will ensure that the fully bodied employees know how to work along with colleagues with disabilities.

Sensitisation will help the employees overcome any biases they might have against people with disabilities. Also, training is crucial to provide the employees the know-how of providing assistance to the PWDs when required.

5. Releasing accessible communication

Make your internal communication whether it is your policy documents, employee newsletters and corporate documents accessible. Also, ensure that it is available in accessible formats based on the employees’ needs.

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