CorporateJuly 28, 2022

Partnering with employees around the globe to celebrate Disability Pride Month 2022

Disability Pride Month is celebrated yearly to raise awareness and share experiences of disabled communities. At Wolters Kluwer, we value our employees’ differences and know that diversity helps us win as a team. We honored Disability Pride by providing our employees with resources and trainings as well as showcasing employee stories.

In July 2022, we launched an internal Accessibility Resource page and partnered with Microsoft to help our employees better navigate Microsoft technologies and leverage its accessibility features to create inclusive content. 

In the spirit of #DisabilityPride, we captured some messages from allies and members of the community.  

"As a person that has a non-transparent disability, it makes it hard to be vocal about it. Whether with colleagues, friends, and sometimes family members, it’s such a personal message that you feel others may not fully appreciate or truly understand." says Gregg Aprahamian
Gregg Aprahamian
  I recommend that others feel confident in sharing information about their disability as it will not only help the individual, but it will also help the next person with a disability,
- Gregg Aprahamian, Human Resources Director.
“Because I am neurodivergent, I experience communication and process my environment in non-typical ways that impact every area of my life.  My hope in sharing is to spotlight that disabled neurodivergent people exist across every background, demographic, profession, and geography!" says Robyn Azpeitia.
Robyn Azpeitia
 Accessibility and all forms of disability inclusion practices open the door for everyone to share their individual talents, unique perspectives, and full humanity in the workplace, whether or not their disability is apparent to others.  It warms my heart that we are creating space to recognize this aspect of human diversity and continue to grow in supporting the talents, needs, and inclusion of disabled employees,” 
- Robyn Azpeitia, Senior Human Resources Manager. 
“Physical disabilities can be seen with naked eyes, but invisible disabilities do not present themselves in a physical form. Many times, people with invisible disabilities are viewed as 'strange’ or ‘off’ to others, but in fact they are dealing with a disability that makes them act differently." says Amar Laddha.
Amar Laddha
 I believe that a workplace should have an inclusive environment, both, in culture and physical accessibility. Physical offices should have accessible wheelchair friendly parking, public transport, lift, ramp, safety signage, washroom, water dispenser, emergency bell and provision for hearing or walking aids to create a hassle-free environment,”
- Amar Laddha, Technology Product Management Associate Director.
“Fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 30 years, my mother demonstrated strength in the face of overwhelming adversity. 
When she could no longer practice nursing due to her disability, she worked with the hospital administration to find a place she could contribute and became an advocate for the disabled community both at the hospital and in my hometown." says John Worth
John Worth
"She taught me that great employers are active partners in the lives of employees.”
John Worth, Business Analysis Associate Director
Like our colleagues, we encourage you to find pride in your disability and be an active partner to eliminate stigma and enact real change.
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