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Physical Campus Accessibility – More than just an occupancy certificate

Originally published in the Spring/Summer 2021 issue of Diversability Every day in the US, a conversation like the following one occurs: Employee with disability: I can’t do X because of Y. Some examples of this might include, “I can’t use…
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Six actions that will destroy disability/diversity ally credibility

Believe me when I say that for all underrepresented communities, including disability, actions speak WAY louder than words. Most organizations want to claim they are inclusive. You don’t find many that proudly shout publicly that they intentionally exclude underrepresented minorities,…
A doctor holing several glass doses of a medicine.

Do you have a disability if you don’t have an official diagnosis?

The short answer is “absolutely.” The long answer, of course, is more complicated than that. First of all, disabilities are almost always thought of in either the medical or legal contexts. The CDC’s definition of a disability, which is medical, is…

Sustainability starts with disability inclusion and accessibility.

For starters, for every 1 % increase in people with disabilities working, $25 billion would be added to the US economy. Many people start the year with New Year’s resolutions: Reduce, reuse, recycle Purchase more sustainable solutions Buy local But each of…
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California Law AB 979 promoting board diversity does not go far enough.

AB 979 law has a much too narrow definition of “underrepresented communities,” leaving out many identities who deserve to be included. AB 979 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom last year. This law requires that by the end of 2021,…
Two women (one clearly a person of color) conversing in a coffee shop

Seven Steps to Processing a “Teachable Moment”

Not so much when the “teachable moment” pertains to diversity or identity, be it gender, age, disability, ethnicity, LGBTQ+ status, or any other aspect. Let me tell you that under those circumstances, “teachable moments” are unequivocally awful experiences, even under the best of circumstances.
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“Anything else you want to tell us?” is not a valid substitute for “do you need an accommodation?”

Stop using conference registration forms, submission portals, and platforms that discriminate against people with disabilities. In the first of two articles I have recently published on accommodations, I addressed what accommodations are. The second focused on what can happen when an organization…