How to create an inclusive environment
The research by Accenture shows that companies that actively hire people with disabilities – identified in the study as “champions” – perform four key actions for hiring, retaining and advancing diverse talent. Champions are those who do the following:
- Hire people with disabilities
- Enable their employees to perform their job to their fullest abilities
- Engage with awareness building, disability education programs and grassroots efforts for employees
- Empower by offering mentor and mentee opportunities, implementing skill-building programs, and making space for diverse talent to hold roles at all levels
Many large corporations are taking the lead in championing diverse talent. Bank of America brought together a group of 300 people with intellectual disabilities to create a support services team that manages fulfillment and external clients; Microsoft created a hiring program specifically for people on the autism spectrum; Starbucks opened its first Signing Store in Washington, D.C.