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OPEN Workshop: Making employers and managers disability confident

by Yves Veulliet, IBM

November 18. 9:00-11:00 Google Ground

The most important asset of any company is its people. Business can only be as successful as the teams that drive them. At IBM we recognize people as central to business success. People with disabilities are just that - people who are having training, education and experience to offer. By maximizing the previously untapped potential that people with disabilities bring to the work place, we walk the talk of embracing people of all different abilities.
We are not all familiar with disability and we are feeling uncomfortable with anything unfamiliar. It is human nature and not unusual, therefore, to be concerned about interactions with people who use wheelchairs, who are blind, who are deaf, or whom we find difficult to understand. As people managers working with employees or clients with disabilities we may be concerned that we will say the wrong thing, ask an inappropriate question, or unintentionally offend. We do not want to appear uninformed or insensitive.

This two hour workshop will help you to :
- Understand the different cultural perceptions of disability
- Identify your own model and assess its impact on existing inclusion policies in your organization
- Apply disability inclusion policies for optimal collaboration yielding to improved business results

Our facilitator is an experienced IBM Manager who will make sure to provide you with all the resources you need to be an inclusive professional.

November 18. 9:00-11:00

Venue: Google Ground See it on a map

OPEN workshops are included in your ticket and are subject to pre-registration.

About Yves:

Yves started his career in IBM in 1992 as administrative assistant for a team of sales rep in the Public Sector at European level and was permanently appointed in 1997 as Information Officer for IBM Governmental Programs Europe, a corporate function providing a public policy and government relations framework. In 2003, he took up the role of EU projects coordinator, his role was to create a coordination structure of EU projects for IBM Business Consulting Services at European level.
In 2005, Yves joined the IBM Europe Middle East Africa Diversity team as Program Manager for Persons with Disabilities. In 2007, in addition to his role with the persons with disabilities community he took up the role of Cross Generational Program Manager.
He worked on building a framework that facilitates the creation of values for IBM and its clients through employee engagement, collaboration effectiveness, career paths and knowledge management for all of the generations in the workforce. From 2011 until early 2013 Yves was also Diversity leader of IBM Canada, he defined the diversity business case, formulated the strategy and oversaw actions that delivered results in line with the Global Diversity strategy. In 2014, Yves was appointed Global Disability and Inclusion Program Manager - to facilitate the inclusion of employees with different abilities, to improve IBM's existing programs as well as identifying existing inhibitors to a successful work experience.

Yves is author of a book written in which he explains, through his own experience, the consequences of acquiring a disability as a result of an accident, from a psychological, societal and professional standpoints. He also explains how to make other people, including employers, disability

confident. Available in English under the title ‘Turning Point – The fall and rise’ at

on-line retailers.

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