First steps

There are a few things you need to think about before starting this process.

Whether you want to start by hiring one person with a disability, or develop a whole diversity and inclusion program at your workplace, these steps are important:

  • Talk it through within your company. It's important to get input from different sectors, share ideas, and make sure you're all on the same page.

  • Assess your current level of inclusion and support for people with disabilities.

  • Think about how you might adjust your practices from all these points:

    • Recruitment

    • Hiring practices (interviewing, criteria for hiring…does it take into account what a person could do with the proper support?)

    • Training

    • Support on the job

    • Work environment (employee culture and physical environment)

  • Get buy-in from upper management. You know how critical this is in making any policy effective. Tips to help:

    • Share the resources from this Guide to show how there can be tangible benefits to the company

    • Find an ally who cares about this topic

    • Ask to try it out on a small scale: Do an inclusion training for employees, or hire one person with a disability and discuss how it works.