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Title: Diversity INCLUDES Disability


1
Diversity INCLUDES Disability
  • John G. Miers

2
Diversity What is it?
  • There are two dimensions to diversity
  • Primary Those factors which cannot be changed
    age, race, ethnicity, gender, etc.
  • Secondary Those factors which can be changed
    education, geographic location, income, marital
    status, military experience, religious beliefs,
    parental status, etc.

3
Diversity Managing it
  • Managing Diversity is the process of creating and
    maintaining an environment that enables all
    participants to contribute to their full
    potential in pursuit of organizational objectives.

4
Uniformity
  • Sometimes it can be good
  • (Thank you, Herbert Hoover)
  • Examples
  • Cinder blocks
  • Bricks
  • Pipes
  • 2 by 4s
  • But..
  • Diversity adds SPICE to our existence

5
Diversity
  • Diversity is Inclusive
  • No one is left out

6
Diversity includes Disability
  • Disabilities can be primary or secondary, too
  • They may even be both
  • Disabilities can be visible or invisible hidden
    or obvious

7
Disability is Common
  • 54 million Americans 1 in 5 reported that
    they had some kind of disability
  • 26 million Americans 1 in 10 reported that
    they had a severe disability
  • The likelihood of having a disability increases
    with age

8
Disability is Diagonal
  • It can happen
  • To anyone
  • At any time
  • In any manner
  • Known or unknown

9
There are 3 Types of Barriers to Inclusion
  • Structural/Architectural
  • Communicative
  • Attitudinal
  • This is the least expensive barrier, but the
    hardest to deal with

10
Disability is Unique
  • Disability is the only minority group that is
    constantly accepting new members!

11
The Value of Diversity
  • A diverse workforce reflects the strength and
    breadth of the country
  • Each person has different priorities
  • A diverse workforce will reflect all of these
    priorities

12
The Value of Diversity
  • Schooling, activities, education, occupations,
    and research interests will often reflect the
    personal priorities and experiences of the
    individual
  • Can you think of a situation where this is the
    case for you? For your family members?

13
Diversity in Research
  • A persons research interests often reflect their
    personal interests
  • Native Americans gtgt Diabetes
  • African Americans gtgt Sickle Cell
  • Parents gtgt Child Health
  • Elderly persons gtgt Alzheimers Disease
  • Deaf Hard of Hearing gtgt Communications
  • The maximum diversity will lead to the most
    different sets of interests being studied

14
What This Means
  • Having a diverse workforce is critically
    important
  • Disability must be fully represented

15
Next Steps
  • Employment and training must be open to all
  • Relevant research must be undertaken
  • Extra steps must be taken (Affirmative action is
    necessary)

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