Diversity is Good for Business (VIDEO)
Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP, senior vice president, Center for Grant-making and Communications at Kessler Foundation was part of a NJBIZ panel discussion on diversity in the workplace that also included Lloyd Freeman of Archer & Greiner, Armond Kinsey of Atlantic Health System, and Avonia Richardson-Miller of Hackensack Meridian Health, on July 30, 2019.
Below is a compilation of Katz's comments on the oft-forgotten side of diversity and inclusion, beyond race and gender -- disability.
Diversity and Inclusion Needs to Include People with Disabilities
An oft-forgotten side of diversity and inclusion, beyond race and gender, is disability, according to Katz.
“It’s important that the workplace recognize that this is an important piece of diversity and inclusion. Mental health is an invisible disability, but it’s the most prominent disability in the U.S.,” Katz said. “It’s not just disability as a person in a wheelchair, or a person with cognitive disabilities. It could be someone with diabetes who needs to take insulin during the day. It could be somebody with cancer who may have to go out for treatment."
“Companies are starting to target these diverse populations and what better way to understand what they need than by having a diverse workforce,” Katz said.