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Accessible Corporate Training Programs should be the Norm – Inclusive Hiring II

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Just to put things into perspective, In the United States alone, USD 83 billion was the training expenditure, according to the 2019 Training Industry Report.

I’m sure your organization also has a training budget.

The question that begs to be asked is, then why are corporate trainings so often inaccessible to employees with disability.

Do you also plan and budget to ensure that the trainings are accessible? If not, maybe it is time you start!

L&D professionals need to ensure that when they allocate budgets they also consider the need to make the training accessible to people with disabilities.

Accessible Training Materials

Lets dive deeper into training material that we provide our employees.

Scenario 1 – Instructor-Led Training (ILD)

You organized an ILD on time management. The trainer is providing pre-reading content as a PDF and in addition, shares the deck with the participants post the training.

Ensure that the PDF file of the pre-reading content is accessible, as well as the PowerPoint deck is accessible.

Scenario 2 – Group Discussions & Activities

You have organized a group discussion for new employees at the organization. To get the discussion going, the participants will have to conduct some activities.
It is critical that the activity sheets are also accessible even if they are in Word, Excel or PDF Forms.

Scenario 3 – Case Studies

You are conducting a training for sales executives and they are required to read some of the case studies of the customer.

Ensure that the case studies are also accessible for your teams as well as your customers. If you provide them as PDFs or as PowerPoint Presentations, they need to be accessible.

Ensuring training material is accessible is important to ensure that all the employees have the same access to information & knowledge. Very often, we assume that our training content is accessible, but in reality it may not be.

If you would like to get a review of your training material, reach out to schedule a meeting with our accessibility specialist.

By Shilpi Kapoor

A serial entrepreneur with a passion for technology and disability. Looking for ways to make digital accessibility a priority! With 20+ years of experience, focusing on implementing accessibility at scale for our customers.

As much as I wear the hat of the founder of BarrierBreak, 247 Accessible Documents & Newz Hook, I am on the Board of Directors of a G3ICT, a non-profit advocating & promoting digital accessibility globally as per the UNCRPD.