George Selvanera: Building Disability Smart Organisations

Today I’m speaking with George Selvanera. George is a Diversity & Inclusion Specialist with a particular focus on Ability/Disability within the workplace.

George provides strategic and consultant advice for organisations trying to become more inclusive, he’s worked in some fascinating international roles including work to influence legislation for the Central Government of Papua New Guinea and he was the Director of Policy, Services and Communications at Business Disability Forum

In todays show we discuss several things including

  • The common mistake made when managing people with disabilities in the workplace
  • The compelling reason why managing disabilities should be of interest to each and every one of us
  • The number one reason for the successful retention of people with disabilities within the workplace and much much more

Here’s some of what I share in the show:

Managing Disabilities in the workplace is an issue that affects more people than you think:

George explains that everyone has the potential to acquire a disability or a health condition, as they get older, making managing people with disabilities an issue that is likely to affect a large number of people:

“Ageing is a synonym for increased levels of disability and health conditions”

The Importance of Inclusive values for retaining talent in an organisation

George describes how inclusive values can lead to the successful retention of people with disabilities within an organisation:

“The number one reason or the number one aid if you like, to the successful retention of people with disabilities within the workplace was that actually the organisational values were inclusive ones”

Focus on what people can do, not what they can’t do

George explains how focusing on individual capabilities is important for creating an inclusive workplace for people with disabilities:

“If I give a blind person who reads braille, a book in braille, they’re not disabled”

If you want a quick snapshot of what the episode is about, I’ve created some slides that you may find interesting

Show Notes

George Selvanera, Director of Policy, Services and Communications at Business Disability Forum

Business Disability Forum

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