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A world for all: Universal Design and Universal Courtesy

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability, the #CRPD, talks about #accessibility, about enabling “persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life”. But how do we achieve this? In this article I write about the right to access, about UniversalDesign, about my favorite commercial example and the need to also work with UniversalCourtesy, done so well by Copenhagen Airport with the Sunflower Lanyard in order to achieve full access – including achieving accessibility for people with psychosocial disabilities

Working Together to Achieve More – Ms. Sif Holst from Denmark

In order to achieve more, we need to work together.

This week I have mainly focused on the Nordic copperation and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market. Focusing on new opportunities, but also concerned about the digital divide and an increasing gab in education.

Future work: Is there space for people with disabilities?

Two weeks ago I partcipated in this webinar on disability and the future of work.

I have spend most of the recent year in the reference group behind the webinar, looking at how technology can aid persons with disabilities on the labour market. There are great opportunities in this area. But one big obstacle still remains.

Too often employers – and unfortunately sometimes also the labour unions find people with disabilities a marginalised and difficult group to include. Often without any limited experience on the topic.

We need to combat this prejudice, show the potential. We need to interact and show all we can be.

The future of work has changed during this year of pandemic, we see new possibilities, new opportunities and if we do it right we can make a labour market where we can benifit from the unique life experience that comes from living with a disability.

Accessible tourism identified as “game changer” for destinations

Inclusivity at the center of World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Inclusive Recovery Guides.

Tourism for All taps into a growing market of senior travellers and data shows an average higher spend from tourist with disabilities. An inclusive tourism strategy, with training and a focus on creating accessible destinations is important. And tools such as #universaldesign #universalcourtesy and #EasyDoesIt can create new opportunities for all.

Film Handicap Aves Masques UK

“A commitment towards a more inclusive and sustainable society, where our differences represent an asset at the service of the community”.

A strong statement by Orange and underlined with this beautiful video with statements from employees with a disability.

Employing people with disabilities create new opportunities, both for those employed and their families, but also for the company, which is strengthened by the diversity.

OHCHR

Strong focus on girls and women with disabilities as the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) publish their Concluding observations on the ninth periodic report of Denmark. The CEDAW Committee recommends urgent measures to address the high rate of cases of sexual violence committed against women with disabilities, in particular intellectual and psychosocial disabilities. There are also recommendations of improving the inclusion of girls with disabilities in the mainstream education system, a concern about the low participation of women with disabilities on the labour market and targets to increase the participation of women with disabilities in free national cancer screenings.

I am very proud to have been a part of the process in leading up to these observations and look forward to a continued focus in these important topics.

A seat at the table, is vital to secure the necessary changes.

The White House shows the way by appointing the first disability policy director who will sit at the Domestic Policy Council. This is done to insure that Americans with disabilities are priorities, also those with temporary or permanent disabilities caused by COVID-19.

This is a strong message and an important step when it comes to #BuildingBackBetter

An inclusive digital economy for people with disabiliities

“Research carried out by the World Economic Forum showed that more inclusive companies achieved “28% higher revenue, double the net income and 30% higher economic profit margins on average over the four-year period analysed””

Need inspiration for some Easter reading? Try taking a look at this report.

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