Yesterday, the 3rd December marked the annual celebration of the International Day of People with Disability, first announced in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. This year, the International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD) focused on the empowerment of people with disability for inclusive and sustainable development following the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’.
IDPwD provides individuals, groups and organisations the opportunity to celebrate and share their commitments, stories and experiences of the empowerment of people with disability in the workplace. Although IDPwD has been and gone, it’s not too late to help celebrate this important occasion, which is why we’ve covered three ways that you too, can help celebrate IDPwD this year.
There are plenty of great ways you can continue to help create and spread awareness about IDPwD. You can start something bold and creative, such as Fujitsu's 'Be Completely You' video, or even host or attend an IDPwD event like a morning tea or a BBQ. There are some great examples of company campaigns and initiatives that aim to create awareness around diversity, inclusion and people with disability, such as our sister company HOBAN celebrating being awarded Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) – just the 11th organisation in Australia to achieve this!
Although these are workplace initiatives helping to create awareness, you too can help create awareness by simply asking your employer whether they have a commitment, policy, program or initiative to foster the inclusion of people with disability in the workplace. Who knows, you might be the catalyst needed within your workplace or community group to get the ball rolling.
It’s important to remember that celebrating IDPwD goes far beyond the day itself. It is after all, an opportunity to learn about, not only ourselves, but the benefits that can be derived from the inclusion of people with disability across all aspects of life.
There is still time to take part in one of the events that helps to promote people to engage with IDPwD. These events provide a great way to encourage learning, especially if you can involve your workplace or community group.
If you have an initiative in your workplace already, you could organise an information session to help shine a light on the value and purpose of your programs, as these can often be sidelined due to the lack of information available. Even if your organisation doesn’t have a formal policy or program, an information and training session on the subject of people with disability in the workplace is a great way to help others feel more comfortable when engaging in discussions around inclusion, diversity and disability. We encourage you to lock in a date for your workplace session, to help spread awareness in the New Year.
Celebrating IDPwD is about sharing our stories, experiences and engaging in the discussion about the value that the inclusion of people with disability offers to our communities, groups and workplaces. Sharing our stories is a crucial part in helping discover new ideas and keeping in touch with the importance of IDPwD.
If you’ve hosted or attended an event, or simply want to read some of the amazing stories from this important occasion, you can use and follow #IDPD (global) and #IDPWD (Australia) to join the conversation.
We’d love to hear what you or your organisation did to celebrate IDPwD this year! Feel free to drop us a line here, or us call on 03 9963 4804.
Australian employers face an increasing demand to reflect the diversity of our community. Many need to rely on their recruitment providers to help them achieve greater workforce diversity. So being equipped with Disability Confident Recruiter skills is essential. As one of Australia’s leading recruiters, HOBAN Recruitment is trusted to provide advice and educate clients in high-profile organisations regarding inclusive recruitment practices and in valuing each person for their unique abilities.
Clicks and INDEX have recently partnered with Specialisterne to assist organisations interested in exploring the benefits of the neurodiverse community at some point in the future (no pressure, no short deadlines). This initiative is strongly aligned to the industry sector, and it is Clicks and INDEX’s vision to create a channel from job seeker identification to meaningful employment. The Front of Mind initiative is an addition to Clicks and INDEX’s commitment to the TechDiversity Foundation to amplify diversity awareness and inclusion within the IT industry through conversation, collaboration and action.
If you’d like to learn more about Clicks and INDEX’s Front of Mind and other diversity and inclusion initiatives, please reach out to Sam Micich, Clicks General Manager, Operations here.
If you’d like to learn more about HOBAN Recruitment’s Disability Confident Recruiter (DCR) Status, please reach out to Alison Watts, HOBAN CEO.