Applying UD to organisations

A graphic showing words related to organisations. Increasing numbers of people with disability are achieving higher education attainments. But workplaces haven’t kept up with this social change. Recruitment bias is not easy to overcome without re-thinking hiring processes. But recruitment is only the beginning. The culture of the organisation also needs to be welcoming and inclusive. 

Equal Access: Universal Design of Professional Organizations is a useful checklist to start the process of being inclusive. It covers policies, planning, the built environment, staff, technology and information resources. It asks questions that cover people with differing native languages, gender, racial and ethnic backgrounds, abilities and disabilities. Age and older people are not mentioned. The checklist was developed from a post-secondary institution perspective, but the content is applicable in other organisational settings. 

In a related paper, a child care centre is used as a case study on inclusive practice in an organisation. Katherine Mowrer takes three views: sustainable development, universal design, and disability justice. As an academic paper, it includes philosophical discussions and theory. It utilises the Equal Access checklist described above in the analysis of the centre’s policies and practice. The title of the paper is Organization-Based Disability Access: A YMCA Childcare Center Case Study.

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