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DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
our country. So, how do we tackle the problem of increasing representation? First, we need to turn inward to ourselves. Ask yourself what is in your power to increase the representation of marginalized pop- ulations in disability. Second, reworking job descriptions to ensure they are disabili- ty-friendly. Again, according to Meagan Taylor, reframe descrip- tions to focus on the end skills needed to accomplish goals. Third, be proactive. Make sure compensation is equal to those in similar roles and fits the experience of the person in the role. Look for ways to use universal design to promote a seamless envi- ronment of accessibility. Erin Jackson, an American Black woman who is the worlds number one 500m speedskater, stumbled during her Olympic qual- ifying run. She finished third, which knocked her off of TeamUSA. Brittany Bowe, an American White woman, won the 500m and earned the spot. Bowe, who trains with Jackson, knew that Jackson was the best chance for the United States to win a medal at the Winter Olympics. She relinquished her Olympic spot to Jackson. Jackson competed in the 500m and won the gold medal. This example demonstrates power and privilege yielding to ob- tain the performance possible. Each of us must look to increase our proximity to people inside and outside of our sphere of influence to ensure we are getting the best person for each job. It is not different with diversity in disability. We in the disability community have to advocate for all. Finally, there are disparities in disability. Just as there are dis- parities in a currently able-bodied society, maybe, as we are look- ing to increase acceptance for people with disabilities, we should irst consider increasing the diversity disparity and embracing disability.
Ask yourself what is in your power to increase the representation of marginalized populations in disability."
- John Register, Paralympic medalist, combat veteran and CEO - Inspired Communications International
INSPIRED COMMUNICATIONS INTERNATIONAL
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