Building a Culture of Ability
Ability involves more than a person. It is a combination of individual talents and skills, and the environment in which they are expressed. Where there is a ramp, a person in a wheel chair has the ability to enter. In this issue of businesshealth®, we discover many ways in which people with “disabilities” can be enabled at work and learn of the extraordinary value of inclusion in today’s world:
- Our Editorial introduces tools for building a strong, inclusive workplace.
- We see how businesses thrive when they embrace inclusion and seek to make both a profit and a difference in the lives of others.
- We learn how dramatic advances in treatment can eliminate traditional forms of physical disability and discover that many of the most challenging disabilities are also invisible.
Benefits Create Ability
Unexpectedly, perhaps, workers with disabilities often use fewer workplace benefits, such as sick days, and inspire co-workers to take less time off and be happier and more productive at work. At the same time, necessary medical benefits can create ability. New pharmaceuticals that prevent disease progression allow people with formerly disabling conditions to contribute successfully at work. With a shift of focus, workplace accommodations and benefits become investments that build value and enhance the bottom line. bh
“I choose not to place “DIS”,in my ability.”
Robert M. Hensel