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Multi colored paper cutouts of people representing a range of disabilities on a black background with text overlay "InSIGHT Through Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series."

Equality is giving everyone a shoe. Equity is giving everyone a shoe that fits. 

~Dr. Naheed Dosani

InSIGHT Through Inclusion Virtual Speaker Series | Disability Is Diversity sponsored by Bold Blind Beauty is changing the way we perceive people with disabilities. DEI is a hot-button topic for nearly every organization and our speakers are excited to include Disability in the Diversity conversation.

Accepting people where they are, as they are is the heart of equity and inclusion. People with disabilities are not charity cases. We desire to be seen, heard, and valued for the talent we posses.

Our speakers are professional, passionate, and accomplished women on the blindness spectrum which ranges from low vision to total blindness. Each has a story to share along with data about why disability inclusion in the workplace is essential and beneficial for employers.

Common Myths About Hiring People With Disabilities

  • People with disabilities are not qualified
  • Hiring people with disabilities will increase worker’s compensation insurance rates
  • Adhering to accessibility requirements/accomodations are too costly
  • All people with disabilities require job accommodations
  • There are liabilities in hiring people with disabilities
  • Employees with disabilities have a higher absentee rate than employees without disabilities
  • Co-workers will be uncomfortable and their productivity will be negatively impacted
  • People with disabilities are unable to meet performance standards
  • People with disabilities are more likely to have accidents on the job
  • You can’t fire or discipline people with disabilities if they underperform

InSIGHT Through Inclusion Speakers
Debunk The Myths

  • Through shared stories of our real life experiences we will tackle the misconception that having a disaability is tragic
  • Insurance rates are based solely on the relative hazards of the operation and the organization’s accident experience, not on whether workers have disabilities
  • Accommodations are generally not expensive
  • Studies have shown that less than one-quarter of employees with disabilities need accommodations
  • With the right support, training, and resources anything is possible
  • Studies have shown that employees with disabilities do not miss work anymore than their coworkers without disabilities.
  • People with disabilities are extremely adaptable
  • A study by DePaul University, commissioned by the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, showed employees with disabilities averaged almost exactly the same job performance rating as those without a disability
  • In the 1990 DuPont study, the safety records of both groups were identical
  • Employers can fire workers with disabilities under three conditions:
    • The termination is unrelated to the disability or
    • The employee does not meet legitimate requirements for the job, such as performance or
      production standards, with or without a reasonable accommodation or
    • Because of the employee’s disability, he or she poses a direct threat to health or safety in
      the workplace.

Benefits For Hiring People With Disabilities

  • Hiring individuals with disabilities is a smart move for your business
  • One of the best ways for a company to tap into a customer segment is to ensure it is represented in its workforce
  • Creating an inclusive culture that fosters innovation and creative business solutions
  • Shattering unconcious biases
  • A greater pool of talent to recruit
  • Longer retention rates that reduce overall recruitment and training expenses
  • Competitive advantages from an untapped pool of talent
  • Positive public perception because of PWD employment
  • Ease in obtaining government contracts due to a workforce that resembles the general population
  • Assistive programs and federal tax incentives for employing PWDs

Bold Blind Beauty adopted the acronym A.I.R. (Access, Inclusion, and Representation) as it’s essential for people with disabilities. People with disabilities need Access, Inclusion, and Representation to survive and to thrive.


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