In the Eye of the Perfect Storm–Creating Accessibility

Assignment: In the Eye of the Perfect Storm–Creating Accessibility

This assignment supports the following objectives:

Examine successful strategies for creating accessibility for those with disabilities

Explain why people with disabilities are at a “critical disadvantage” compared to those without disabilities

Assignment Overview

This assignment requires students to examine case studies of organizations that have successfully created accessibility for employees with disabilities. Students will also explain why people with disabilities are at a “critical disadvantage” when compared to those without disabilities.

Deliverables

Essay

Activity Details

Perform the following tasks.

Step 1: Read the case study, “In the Eye of the Perfect Storm—Creating Accessibility,” on pages 262–270 in your textbook, Opportunities and Challenge of Workplace Diversity, 3e.

Step 2: Respond to the questions at the end of the case study on page 270 in your textbook.

Use a word processing program to write your response in the form of an essay. Each question should be a heading. Where appropriate, include personal experience in your answers. Be sure to cite sources of any articles used in your outline.

Discussion Questions on page 270
1. According to the NOD/Harris survey, people with disabilities are at a “critical disadvantage” when compared with people without disabilities. Why is this so, when legislation such as the ADA was passed in 1990 in an attempt to improve the lives of people with disabilities?
2. What are the various provisions of the 3 most significant pieces of legislation for people with disabilities the ADA, ADAAA, and the IDEA?
3. What can society in general and people with disabilities in particular do to change the cultural assumptions that cast people with disabilities as unreliable, expensive and likely to sue their employer?
4. Why haven’t other companies followed the lead of organizations, like IBM, that have effectively embraced disabilities as a significant component of diversity – viewing the recruitment and the retention of people with disabilities as a competitive advantage?

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