The Cornell University Just-in-Time Toolkit for Managers: Building a Disability Inclusive Workforce
As a manager, you play a key role in the success of Cornell. You also play a key role in ensuring that everyone, including people with disabilities, can fully contribute to Cornell business goals. As we prepare for the workforce of tomorrow, being disability inclusive will become increasingly important to the optimal operation of Cornell. Managers and supervisors are critical players in disability inclusiveness at Cornell.
When you think of disability in the workplace, you probably think of legal compliance. This is understandable; laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act impact the work of managers. But here's something to think about. Legal compliance alone is not an effective way to ensure optimal functioning at Cornell. Disability inclusiveness is. Disability inclusiveness means having workplace practices that ensure that everyone, including people with disabilities, has an opportunity to go as far as their talents and skills can take them.
That's what the Manager's Just-in-Time Toolkit is about. Each of the ten tools below is based on questions faced by managers as they deal with disability issues within their work teams. Each tool is based on a disability issue managers typically encounter in the workplace and each has been designed to be used in about five minutes. If you choose, each tool also contains other links to test your knowledge, print out a one-page sheet of reminders or pursue further resources.