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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Nicholson

Honoring the Americans with Disabilities Act: Technology & Individuals with Disabilities

Americans with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 32 this year. The Act was signed into law on July 26, 2022, to protect individuals with disabilities in many areas of public life. Did you know that sixty-one million individuals, or 1 out of every 4 Americans, have a documented disability? Worldwide, individuals with disabilities, both visible and invisible, total 1 billion.

"There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more." - Robert M. Hensel

The Current Landscape

The current workforce landscape is challenged with skill and labor shortages, staff burnout, digital automation and transformation, and questions regarding discrimination, pay, work location, and employee safety. According to the World Economic Forum, the Fourth Industrial Revolution is not only upon us; it is happening rapidly. Technology plays an essential role in our personal lives, as well as our professional lives and our lives as business owners. And, we saw the beauty and bane of technology illuminated most recently during the COVID-19 pandemic regarding health, education, social justice, and work. The conveniences of technology also prompt inconveniences. Business owners have an opportunity to create new social value and integrate their awareness of and impact on individuals with disabilities as employees, both current and future, and also as vendors and customers.

Incorporate JEDI Employment Practices

I think considerably about justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI), with regards to its impact on organizational success. JEDI goes beyond the DEI conversation. As a chief architect of powerful intent and purpose and executive coach, JEDI empowers me to incorporate the tenants of justice at the core of AllProfit HR. Small business owners have an opportunity to increase their intentionality in hiring concerning diversity and the use of technology. The United States Department of Justice recently released guidance regarding ways to avoid discriminating against individuals with disabilities regarding technology and hiring practices. I have summarized the details in a visual presentation below.

Remaining Compliant

The world continues to evolve. When using technology, business owners have an opportunity to analyze how to solve problems efficiently and equitably. To ensure businesses do not inadvertently discriminate against employees, both current and prospective, understanding the importance of the Americans with Disabilities Act is essential.

"A bend in the road is not the end of the road. Unless you fail to make the turn." - Helen Keller

Anyone can manage the evolving human resources environment. Suppose your background is not in human resources. In that case, it will take additional time to manage compliance, record keeping, payroll, benefits, and recruitment. The functions become another task on your professional business to-do list while balancing your personal life. This can inhibit you from focusing on what you excel at: your business's creative and client-facing side. The mission of AllProfit HR is to help organizations experience transformational people and culture systems to create a culture of belonging for all. Whether you have "people" yet is minute. Human resources encompass many functions that support your organization's strategic development. Everything can and does begin with you and your business.

AllProfit HR offers a menu of advisory services and coaching to expand executive and staff capacity and business prosperity through actionable and achievable steps. Let's connect and discuss how AllProfit HR can help your business raise its internal and external currency to the next level for an AllProfit type of season. Schedule a free discovery call today.

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