AXSChat Questions

 Here are the topics for our chat.

AXSChat with Fleur Bothwick

Q1 When there are so many things that need to be done where do you start with your diversity initiatives? #AXSChat

Q2 What can disability inclusion advocates learn from the #LGBT movement about how to engage senior business leaders increase support from them to deliver substantive change? #AXSChat

Q3 What are the qualities that define an #inclusive leader? #AXSChat

Q4 Is #data really needed to make the case for companies to engage on #diversity and #inclusion or is it enough for it to be the “right thing to do?” AXSChat

Q5 Multinational organisations are often culturally diverse employing people from many countries but are they necessarily #inclusive? #AXSChat

Q6 How can we create a culture of positive change for #disability & #Accessibility that crosses organisational boundaries and encourages companies to collaborate on #inclusion matters #AXSChat

7 thoughts on “AXSChat Questions

  1. Over the years the disabled haven’t got enough opportunities in many walks of life. Media is one where their engagement is, even today, almost negligible. In India, portrayal of a disabled person, a few decades back was usually of a vicious character or using disability like dearness to create comic scenes or using disability to create awareness in the society to espouse charity. Things have changed but not much. The character of disabled is not played by a differently abled persons but by able bodied actors. I am not against them playing these characters. Do they carry the emotions and pains, aspirations and discrimination of a disabled in the right measures ? Isn’t it in a manner denial of opportunity to the disabled to realise their full potential? I thank axichat profusely for taking up relevant areas to enhance engagement the differently abled.

  2. Having enjoyed the paraolyimpics on tv, interviews and media coverage I believe the disabled question is not covering thecreal needs as achievements were celebrated to be atvthe highestvlevels. The issue is the simple things getting on every bus, entering a theatre or shops with facilities. This can stop the inclusion of every day life which is the facilitator for fullfilling ambitions.

  3. When I co-conceived and co-named: “The Americans with Disabilities Act” together with U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark on January 2, 1968, and later co-created the field of: “Rehab Architecture” together with James G. Easter, MS, which was conceived by Rex Mason, AIA, and much more, I envisioned that everything would eventually change in time for people with disabilities, here in America and throughout the world. It’s been said that: “…the more we know, the more there is we know we need to know”, and I think that’s putting it very lightly. All of us who worked so very hard and tirelessly on it did it for all of you, and now it’s time for all of you to continue to “fight the good fight”, create what doesn’t yet exist for yourselves and your posterity, and to help to make this a new day and new world for everyone who has disabilities.

    1. Hello Mitchell,
      When I was discussing AdvanceAbilities with Los Angeles’ Director of Office on Disability, and told him of our aim to build communities of volunteers that go to everywhere from a Hotel to a park, and assess their accessibility using the standards established by the ADA, it’s amendments, and newer standards for various disabling conditions, and actually measuring desk ht, wall to bed distances, etc., and entering their assessment into our accessible guide software, he said – do you know how long I wish I had a staff to do that. Sure, newly built structures have codes to address, but non-built and legacy locations have been the bane of my and other’s efforts to enforce ADA. He pledged to help in any way he can.

      Its a shame that the US created this set of standards, and that we can’t / don’t take the time to enforce it. As I am sure that you know, reserving an ADA Accessible Hotel room never guarantees that it is truly accessible. I hope that we can encourage business owners to change things, if for no other reason(like it is the right thing to do) the fact is that we are aging and older people statistically have higher incidence of disabilities, and the hotels that don’t really accommodate us, will lose our business. Sadly, it is frequently about the money. We all owe you and your colleagues a debt of gratitude for ADA. Thank you!


  4. Thank you for that comment Mitchell J. Rappaport – I was recently given a similar message by a now deceased Grand Dame of the neurodiversity world and it’s important to feel that mentors support the next generation of work. I think AXSChat do an important role and my question is:

    How do you balance competing needs in disability? For example fonts that suit visually impaired people versus fonts that suit people with dyslexia? Is the answer to provide flexibility and personalisation to all websites and software?

  5. I was writing a long reply to this on a ‘courtesy computer’ at the Riverside Hilton in New Orleans when it decided I had used the computer long enough, and when I took a sip of coffee, it kicked me off. I will try to recapture the point.

    Its been my experience that businesses want to be seen as benevolent, accepting of all disabilities, and up to date in compliance. The reality is that many don’t want to bother as long as their image is intact. At meetings, I tend to be the one who isn’t there trying to make friends, but can be counted on to say whats real. If employers truly evaluated and treated all applicants the same and structurally adhered to the ADA, since much of it is required by law, like door levers instead of spherical door knobs and ramps and bathrooms marked with the blue and white wheelchair emblem really having room for us, the they would find we make great employees who do their work and show up. If they don’t, that is where the burden comes in as higher taxes, higher healthcare costs, and at worst more homeless people. It costs way way less to employ someone – especially if they are an asset, than it does to provide public housing , healthcare(the most costly), social services, and eventually law enforcement costs.
    I attended my 35th reunion at my Ivy League Alma Mater, and many of my former friends – not me best 2 – they are real friends – treated me like I had either some communicable disease as it they might catch it or as a demented bum (they don’t know me well enough to call me demented ha ha ha). My newfound friends were the jocks of yesteryear, some of whom made it to the NFL, because they understood what impaired abilities are like, especially if they, like I, played sports all of their lives. It really sickened me because the University prides itself on its public conscience,
    How do we convince people that doing the right thing is also doing what’s best for a company, their employees and all ancillary factors that make up american business. I can’t tell you how many company and public agencies have started initiatives to make themselves inclusionary and accepting – yet that start seems to be where they stay. A press release reassures the public that they are concerned and constantly working on it. It’s time for the companies that actually are living up to their claims band together and teach America the value of disabled people and how losing this value is not only bad for business, but cruel and abusive.

    I don’t forget the stories of my dad, walking 2 miles each day in the snow at 4:30 am to lite the boilers at the family laundry in Detroit, and how hard he worked to make sure that his kids had the best of everything, most importantly, education. When he needed to be carried to the bathroom before he died, I never thought twice about it. It was harder for me to care about disabled people I don’t know, until I became one. Seriously, every company ought to have one of us as an example of our value. Tokenism – at first – but not for long.

  6. Over the years the disabled haven’t got enough opportunities in many walks of life. Media is one where their engagement is, even today, almost negligible. In India, portrayal of a disabled person, a few decades back was usually of a vicious character or using disability like dearness to create comic scenes or using disability to create awareness in the society to espouse charity.

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