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Disability: In Good Company!

Category : People
This week at Capgemini, we are celebrating our diversity with a week-long agenda of activities across our regions. Guest blogger Vasan Srinivasan writes about the valuable lessons learnt following his attendance at an equality and inclusion conference.

I had the privilege of attending a recent ENEI (Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion) event on the role of accessible ICT to support flexible working. This affair of like-minded individuals sharing a passion for improving IT Accessibility reinforced and enhanced my own views. I learnt from my counterparts in other organisations and I daresay they learnt something from me, and this is what the event was all about.
Following the event, I can synopsise the key steps necessary for any organisation with ambitions to be disability-smart:
·         Sponsorship at the top – the organisations that are head and shoulders above the rest have their CEOs championing disability.
·         Don’t avoid the topic – tackle it! In the UK, for example, 2% of the working population becomes disabled every year, this affects all employers!
·         Understand where your organisation stands in terms of its maturity as a disability-smart entity
·         Raise awareness of disability within your organisation and ensure your people policies are fully inclusive
I’m excited that many of the evangelists I met at the accessible IT event say they are often working with members of their board. Organisations are becoming increasingly disability-smart, the technology that makes services accessible is ever-more sophisticated. It’s easier than ever to introduce assistive technology to help staff and customers with a disability, and it invariably benefits other users too. Business Disability Forum members have access to tools such as the Accessibility Maturity Model  to help create a plan to get to what good looks like for their organisation. And my Assistive Technology Services unit at Capgemini supports any stage of the life-cycle, from accessibility health-checks, education for developers and system testing, to providing a managed service.

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Vasan Srinivasan is an experienced strategic thinker and manager, whose career spans 26 years in IT working in a variety of roles spanning IT Strategy, Service Management, Operations and Application Development. He is currently the Delivery Director for Capgemini’s Assistive Technology service.


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Brian Doherty
Brian Doherty
Brian Doherty is the Sustainability Communications and Change lead. He has worked in the IT industry for more than 30 years in roles ranging from mainframe support technician to business development and marketing. Brian has been a champion for green IT services for some time and is responsible for ensuring coherent and meaningful communications about Capgemini's environmental sustainability, community engagement, responsible delivery obligations and market presence.
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