Events with tag “Disability”

May, 21 2:30 PM CEST

Why Inclusion is Often an Illusion: D&I Lessons from the World of Special Olympics

In our keynote, we will address why diversity can be mistaken for inclusion, how situations that seem inclusive may not be, and ways we can combat the issue. First, we will discuss how we define what we mean by the illusion of inclusion, and how current measures can often be misleading. We will follow that up with personal anecdotes and experiences from within the world of Special Olympics. We will then provide insights on what we see as critical to creating inclusive environments:

- Using direct interaction and experiential learning to tackle bias

- Shifting D&I from being a 'side-show' to being systemic in practices/behaviors

- Turning exceptions into rules, to the benefit of all

- Focusing on rewards rather than risk avoidance, to drive engagement, empowerment, and performance.

Finally, we will highlight how moving from quantitative to qualitative measurement approaches can play an important role in understanding whether the illusion is being shattered. Specifically, this means going beyond traditional D&I data points to directly gather feedback from marginalized groups about whether D&I efforts are really working.

Benjamin Haack Athlete Representative Director at Special Olympics Australia Board
Denis Doolan Chief of Organizational Excellence at Special Olympics International