MEDIA CONTACT:
Lindsay Hansen
C: 480.205.6195
lindsay@ldhconsulting.net

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

DATE: September 2, 2022

PHOENIX – A recent Glassdoor survey found that over 76% of job seekers indicated that a diverse and inclusive workforce was a top priority when evaluating a new job prospect or offer. However, in a recent Gallup study, only 47% of managers feel equipped to have conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion. There is no question that DE&I efforts have become increasingly important for small and large businesses alike. Having a diverse and inclusive workforce allows for new perspectives and ideas, strengthening company culture and belonging.

When thinking about DE&I, one topic that is often not top of mind is how our technology platforms work to accommodate different disabilities. According to the US Census, 12.7% of Americans identify with having a disability. Companies must make modifications to websites and other platforms so that consumers and employees with disabilities are not discriminated against.

Many guidelines need to be followed for a website to be considered ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. Some of these include ensuring all video, audio clips and images have tags, text transcripts for audio and video content, and clear instructions, for user input errors. For many websites, that are not already ADA compliant, these can be large, time-consuming changes.

Today, there are many great, user-friendly options that can help add accessibility through a tool housed on your website.  Companies like Max Access provide your website end user with an accessibility toolbar to accommodate a variety of disabilities. With Max Access, users can turn on options such as a text reader, font scaling, anti-seizure profile, cognitive assistance profile, color blindness adjustments, and much more to ensure a wide range of disabilities are accommodated. You can learn more about Max Access here: https://maxaccess.io/

While there are many things to consider and evaluate when your company begins its DE&I journey, many tools and resources are in place to help you every step of the way. If you would like more information on how the Greater Phoenix Chamber can help you and your company become a more diverse, inclusive, and accommodating workplace, visit: https://phoenixchamber.com/membership/diversity-inclusion/

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About the Greater Phoenix Chamber

Representing 2,400 businesses across the Greater Phoenix region, the Greater Phoenix Chamber promotes regional prosperity by serving as a catalyst for economic vitality and strong communities. The Chamber pursues this mission by collaborating with business, political, and community leaders to grow the regional talent pool, create a regional approach to economic development, and drive a pro-Arizona agenda.   

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Posted by Jocelyn McAlpin