GiftAbled Newsletter – Edition 1 – Nov 2017 – Jan 2018

D&I – News and Best Practices Around the World

Disability inclusion: How HR leaders can build more inclusive workplaces
Building a diverse and inclusive workforce requires a work culture where all employees feel fully engaged and able to fulfill their potential. Leadership and human resources practices both play critical roles in shaping an organization's work culture, and are therefore key to making employers more inclusive of employees of all diversities and abilities.

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Facebook Still Lets Landlords Discriminate by Race and Disability in Apartment Ads
Last year, an explosive investigation by ProPublica revealed that Facebook was allowing advertisers to discriminate in housing ads by enabling landlords to filter out people who might view a given ad by their race. And today ProPublica released a follow-up to that investigation. Did Facebook fix its discrimination-enabling practices? Apparently not.

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Thousands share their invisible disabilities on Twitter
Using the hashtag  #InvisiblyDisabledLooksLike, Twitter users across the world with hidden disabilities have been sharing pictures and stories to challenge society's perceptions.

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What is life really like for disabled people? The Disability Diaries reveal all
The Guardian asked seven people to document their everyday experiences of disability throughout September – including Cobb, 19, who has the connective tissue disorder Marfan syndrome. Their diaries capture the reality of being disabled in Britain today: the slights, broken systems and misunderstandings that stop disabled people from living as should be their right.

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5 Reasons Diversity And Inclusion Fails
This is not surprising when you consider that most diversity and inclusion initiatives are developed to comply with corporate governance and self-regulation (often under the heading “Corporate Social Responsibility” or CSR). For example,   in most workplaces, these initiatives are usually poorly funded tactical inclusion initiatives disconnected from broader, more substantial, and well-funded general training programs. They may be well meaning, but they are misguided in their approaches.

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Airbnb Acquires Site Offering Accessible Accommodations
Airbnb said that it has been working on new accessibility checklists for hosts about features such as step-free entry to rooms and doorways wide enough for wheelchairs.    The home-stay company says it wants to do better. So it’s buying Accomable, a London company that arranges vacation stays in private homes that have verified accessibility features.

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We Just Can’t Handle Diversity
While merit sounds like an easy, obvious filter for talent decisions, it’s anything but. We believe we know good talent  when we see it,  yet we usually don’t—we’re terrible at evaluating people objectively. That’s why orchestras started holding  blind auditions decades ago. It’s why today  algorithms often make smarter hires  than people do.

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Five reasons why diversity and inclusion matter to every business – and every employee
Today, workplace equality is front-of-mind for businesses, governments, regulators, society, and – most important of all – the vital talent that will drive their future success. So companies that don’t focus on this aren’t just at risk of being out of date, they already are.

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Career advice: how to make your university disability-friendly
Disability on campus is not a fringe issue: one in eight UK undergraduates reports some kind of disability. These students are also, on average, more likely to drop out, achieve lower grades and find it more difficult to gain immediate employment after graduation than non-disabled students.

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