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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Kelly Vandever Interviews Yvette Pegues about Giving a Voice to People with Disabilities

 

Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Yvette Pegues

Yvette Pegues, M.ED, CTO of
Ms. Wheelchair International 2016/17

About Yvette Pegues

Yvette Pegues, M. Ed, is a Professional Speaker, Educator, Author, Advocate, Ms. Wheelchair International and the Founder and Chief Transformation Officer of Your Invisible Disability Group.

Yvette works as a Corporate Disability & Diversity Consultant and she is the host of disAbilityLifeTV.

She is the author of the workbook, The “Art of Adaptability” which is designed to help Newly Disabled & Diagnosed individuals like herself and she is the  Co-author of, “My Mommy had Brain Surgery & I’m Okay!” with her young sons, Isaiah and Elijah.

Find out more about Yvette’s work at http://www.yourinvisibledisability.com or contact her through http://yvettepegues.com.

Topics Discussed:

  • Yvette shares her story about being diagnosed as an adult with a congenital disease that created a disability
  • She also suffers from an invisible cognitive disability
  • Diversity of thought is just as important as diversity in the workplace
  • Our customers also suffer with disabilities
  • Leaders should understand people’s abilities, not just hiring for disabilities
  • Publically declare that you’re looking for a diverse workforce
  • Build relationships with the organizations in your geographic location that help train and retrain people with disabilities
  • 4 out of every 6 people will have a disability at some point in their life
  • 75-80% of people with disabilities have invisible disabilities, like depression or cancer or chronic pain
  • Apparent disabilities only account for about 15% of those with disabilities
  • Recommendation on when to reveal your invisible disability, does it impact your work
  • Discuss with you physician, occupational therapist or physical therapist about your limitations
  • Fear of job loss and discrimination
  • Federal funds are available to those who hire those with disabilities
  • Architectural and attitudinal barriers for people with disabilities in the workplace
  • We might not understand what’s on the other side of the rules and laws
  • It’s about an inclusive tomorrow, not making special exceptions
  • It’s important to understand the requirements of the ADA law
  • In order to keep from being insensitive to a person with disability, it’s OK to say, “Please tell me what your accommodations are,” and “How can I make this office situation work for you so you can be most successful?”
  • It’s no different than asking the same type of question of a new intern/employee
  • The question that managers ask behind closed door or are afraid to ask is, “How do we fire someone with a disability?”
  • You protocol should apply to everyone, not just for someone with a disability
  • Yvette helps companies look through their current HR policies and processes to confirm that your policies are in good shape before bringing on people with disabilities
  • Advice for people with disabilities and speaking up in the workplace, have someone on their behalf to support them, an advocate outside the workplace
  • The advocate can listen objectively to see if issues are related to disabilities or just a human grievance unrelated to the disability
  • Advocates understand the law and your particular disability and work situation
  • Advocates are available in all US states and in many countries outside the US
  • Federal, state and local services are available to help people with disabilities to get into or stay in the workforce. It benefits the country to get people in the workforce.
  • The US is the model for setting the stage for inclusion for people with disabilities
  • What does it look like to make your organization more accessible?
  • People with disabilities can be very loyal when they find a great place to work
  • For people with disabilities, it may be “safer” at home, but it’s important to get out and get in the way; getting in the way is a good thing to help make the world more accessible

Questions Answered:

How can I to hire people with disabilities?

Why should I hire people with disabilities?

How can I help employees with disabilities have a voice?

As a person with disabilities, how and when should I speak up at work?

What are invisible disabilities?

Should I disclose my invisible disability?

Books Recommended:

My Mommy had Brain Surgery & I’m Okay! by Yvette Pegues, Isaiah Pegues, and Elijah Pegues

The Art of Adaptability:  Exclusively Featuring the 4/4’s for Newly Diagnosed and DisAbled Persons by Yvette Pegues

 

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