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5 parameters to gauge the disabled-friendliness of companies

There have been well-defined rules that can make public place disabled-friendly. Be it a school or an office, certain changes or additions are required to make the area comfortable for differently-abled people. Sadly, not all organizations follow these rules. In 2015, India launched the ambitious ‘Accessible India Campaign’ and with it a hint of developing a Company Index for being Disabled-friendly. But there’s a lot of scope for improvement. So how do you know if the infrastructure of a company that is employing people with disabilities is disabled-friendly or not. Here are five broad parameters

 

There could be five broad parameters with specific measures for the Index:

Policy

  • Recruitment, employment and diversity
  • Flexiwork, flexi timings and work from home options
  • Advertising
  • Corporate
  • Quality
  • Training and Development
  • Inclusive products and service
  • Stakeholders and suppliers
  • Electronic
  • Number of PwD (People with Disability) in the past 3 years, the 3% reservations notwithstanding
  • Medical and leave options
  • Ease of converting a new idea for the benefit of employee with disability
  • Policy for being disabled on the job

 

Infrastructure

  • Accessible Buildings
  • Accessible offices & all facilities
  • Accessible Toilets
  • Elevators
  • Ramps
  • Signage
  • Special parking
  • Wheelchairs on premises
  • Accessible websites
  • Special software
  • Sign language interpreters
  • Trained staff on all aspects of disability and etiquette
  • Customisation as per specific needs
  • Company information in accessible formats (Braille Annual Reports etc.)

 

Financials

  • Compensation
  • Incentives
  • Promotions and transfers
  • Investments for making it a disabled friendly company
  • CSR contribution for the disability sector
  • Budgetary allocations
  • Insurance for accidents and disability

 

Equal Opportunities for

  • Participating in National & International conferences, workshops & seminars
  • Growth & Promotions
  • Travel
  • Projects
  • Participation in all company core and extra-curricular activities like Yoga, dance, sports, festivals, outbound and more

 

Innovations

  • Attendant and escort services
  • Celebrate with PWD NGOs and groups
  • Ergonomics
  • Motorised and manual wheelchairs on premises
  • Travel allowance
  • Special allowances like diaper allowance
  • Medicines, medical supplies, diagnostics, assistive technology and therapy allowances for good health
  • Scholarships for employees, family members with disability
  • Awards received for being inclusive
  • New product developed for PwDs

 

Aforementioned facilities can prove to be a boon for both companies and the employees and would help them walk together for a wonderful tomorrow!

Source: Moneylife

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