11 Trainings for Helping Your Company to Be More Inclusive

Besides the obvious reason of providing equal career opportunities for all and an environment where people with disabilities can learn, grow, and thrive, The Denver Foundation’s Inclusiveness Project found that companies who make an effort to be more inclusive have witnessed results that include but aren’t limited to:

  • Higher job satisfaction
  • Lower turnover
  • Higher productivity, creativity, innovation, and problem-solving skills
  • Higher employee morale
  • Increased organizational flexibility and ability to learn from people at all levels
  • Improved quality of personnel through better recruitment and retention

Pretty amazing, right?

If your company or organization has been seeking resources to help you become more inclusive, PYD offers live training sessions on a variety of disability inclusion topics that are useful for staff at all levels of an organization, from front-line staff to administration to marketing to leadership.

Take a look at these eleven training sessions we offer, led by PYD’s National Inclusion Manager & IT Quality Administrator Piper Slowinski, to learn which one is right for your organization.

Introduction to Disability & Inclusion

Teaching basic disability inclusion information to be more empowered in any situation working with people with disabilities, the topics of this session include:

  • Definition of disability
  • Definition of inclusion
  • Ableism
  • Inclusive communication and etiquette

As our most popular session, it works well as a standalone training or as part of a two-part training series with our Creating Accessible & Inclusive Programs & Events training.

Creating Accessible & Inclusive Programs & Events

Does your organization design programs and events that are inclusive to people of all abilities? If not, this workshop is an excellent learning opportunity for you, as it will provide an overview of Inclusive and Universal Designs and include both practical tips and hands-on opportunities for learning for your staff.

Don’t worry, though — this doesn’t mean you’ll have to start from scratch and completely redesign your current programs and events. This session will teach you how to modify or adapt what you currently offer and how to design future offerings using inclusive strategies.

Building An Accessible & Inclusive Workspace

Whether your company has been proactively thinking about ways to be more inclusive or you’re just learning about it, this training is ideal for staff that are interested in making this happen but aren’t sure where to begin.

This session provides an introduction to the process of developing a more inclusive workplace, armoring staff with key tips and recommendations on ways to enhance their organization’s inclusive practices from the top to the bottom.

The Intersection of Disability, Gender, & Sexuality

Disability can impact how someone experiences their gender and sexuality. This session covers:

  • The representation of disabled and queer people in media
  • The many stereotypes and assumptions surrounding the sexuality of people with disabilities
  • The overlap between the queer and disabled communities

This training also explains the importance of making disability inclusive spaces queer inclusive and vice versa.

Principles of Inclusive Marketing

Is your organization already inclusive of people with disabilities, but none show up? It all relates to your outreach, marketing, messaging, and communications that shows these individuals that your company is a welcoming place.

This training will show you how to make your marketing inclusive by teaching you:

  • Inclusive language
  • Alternative formats
  • Accessible website design

The Intersection of Disability & Trauma

Trauma can impact the experience of living with a disability, which is why it’s crucial that staff understand the various ways it can happen. This training informs attendees of:

  • Ableism
  • The ways disability and trauma interrelate and connect
  • Trauma-informed best practices

Supporting Positive Behavior in Youth with Disabilities

With many types of disabilities and support available to meet the needs of participants, staff can learn how to promote positive behavior in youth with disabilities or behavioral challenges.

Topics of this training include:

  • Identifying triggers
  • Understanding and de-escalating the meltdown cycle
  • Avoiding power struggles

Understanding Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

To accommodate individual learning differences, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an educational framework that guides the development of flexible learning environments to bring out the best in every student.

Key learning objectives of this session include:

  • Increased understanding of the scientific research behind UDL
  • Proficiency in the key tenets and principles of UDL
  • Increased understanding of how UDL concepts address the needs of people with hidden disabilities
  • Increased understanding of how to utilize UDL concepts in curriculum and program design
  • Increased awareness of best practices in applying UDL

Introduction to Autism

With 1 in every 68 people being an individual with autism, understanding how to best incorporate and support autistic people as well as how to design programs, classrooms, and workplaces that are inclusive to all forms of neurodiversity is crucial.

Diving into an overview of autism, including common strengths and challenges, this session will give participants practical tips on enhancing the ability of organizations and programs to be more inclusive of individuals with autism.

Understanding Intellectual Disabilities

Despite the commonality of them, people with intellectual disabilities face enormous difficulties in school and in finding work. This training gives staff and employers a better understanding of intellectual disability (ID) by:

  • Defining ID
  • Discussing the complexity and critiques of IQ
  • Providing tips to help attendees work more effectively with people with intellectual disabilities

Developing an Inclusion Statement for Your Organization

Want to demonstrate your commitment to inclusion? Develop an inclusion statement with our help.

Through this session, attendees:

  • Learn the importance of an inclusion statement
  • Discuss the steps to its development
  • Review examples of inclusion statements
  • Understand how to recruit the right stakeholders throughout the approval process

Ready to Invest in a Session?

Although we have these standard 90-minute sessions, we are able to customize them based on the particular group. Most sessions are 90 minutes long, but can be shortened or lengthened based on the need. Contact us for a quote!