By Todd Wright
As a Person with Disability (PwD), there is no differentiation between what my colleagues and I produce or deliver in IBM. In most circumstances, I am able to do the same work as others, thanks to the support provided. I am grateful that IBM Australia views my deafness as being irrelevant, and has given me many opportunities to succeed professionally.
Here are the 8 ways that IBM sees beyond every disability:
We proactively seek to employ graduates and professionals with a disability. Our recruitment specialists are trained in disability employment and hiring practices and we communicate this focus to our recruitment supplier agencies.
To build and encourage the pipeline of candidates, we participate in an external national wide mentoring program for tertiary students with a disability facilitated by the Australian Employers Network on Disability.
We are continually improving our premises to ensure all IBM offices are accessible to employees, clients and the general public.
We provide modified workstations and specialist IT equipment for employees with disabilities because we are committed to developing and using technology to improve access in the workplace. IBM has several Accessibility Centres around the world and a website (US) dedicated to assistive technology in the workplace.
IBM’s instant messaging service helps PwDs to communicate directly with their global colleagues, and vice versa. Voice messages left on IBM mobiles can be converted to text messages, and the same instant messaging service and email system are also accessible via smart phones used by IBM employees, allowing full communication access anywhere. For meetings or teleconferences, deaf employees can access interpreting services through video or online captioning services, which are booked by the employee as required.
Disability Employee Networking Group
With a senior executive as its sponsor, this Group actively supports employees with a disability and provides feedback to the company and the Diversity team.
Disability awareness training
IBM is very active in educating its employees about Diversity when they join the company. Also, when I became a people manager, I was able to request a Deafness Awareness Training workshop for my team. Awareness training is offered to IBM’s Human Resource community, Real Estate, Procurement and Diversity Contact Officers.
We make sure employees with a disability are included in all our high-potential succession planning strategies.
Australian Network on Disability
IBM is a proud platinum member of the Australian Network on Disability.
I’m proud to work for IBM.
IBM is one of the best companies for deaf people to work for, treating everyone equally and providing support to anyone who needs it.
Todd Manages the ESC team for IBM Australia
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