In 2006, the United Nations adopted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. As such, the Convention’s signatories (i.e. the majority of countries in the world) became obliged to, among other things, ensure proper accessibility to the physical environment for persons with disabilities.
Ensuring accessibility is easier said than done, however, and the list of places that are not accessible is still endless. In most countries, many trains and buses are not wheelchair-accessible, unpaved roads pose a major challenge for people with disabilities and signage for people with visual impairments is often non-existent, to name but a few things.
Similarly, while employment is of great importance for people with disabilities, many office buildings still are not accessible. Many do not have wheelchair ramps or have door openings that are too narrow, for instance.
Making the necessary adjustments for your employees (or customers!) with disabilities does not have to cost most, though. In fact, according to the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the majority of accommodations cost less than $500. So, really, there is no reason not to make adjustments.
Please check out the infographic below, which provides a helpful tool in ensuring that your business is accessible to everyone.
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