IFAC Webinar: Ensuring Inclusion of Those with Disabilities

IFAC Professional Accountancy Organization Capacity Building Program | January 7, 2019 | 1

In honor of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which took place on December 3 2018, IFAC’s Professional Accountancy Organization Capacity Building Program hosted a webinar promoting empowerment and ensuring inclusion and accommodation for persons with disabilities. Relevant experts from accountancy shared their perspectives and highlighted their organizations’ practices. Speakers addressed understanding disabilities and practicing disability etiquette; accessibility and accommodations for students, members, staff, and volunteers; and awareness raising and advocating for disabled persons. The webinar also includes a message from an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants’ member who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and successfully completed ACCA by self-learning—a highlight of the webinar.

Webinar speakers included:

  • Elizabeth Carey, Assistant Manager, Human Capital, IFAC
  • Robert Burns, Senior Operations Manager, Education, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
  • Mary Johnstone, Manager, Human Resources, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada
  • Madhavi Ramdin, Head – Mauritius Office, ACCA
  • Kerishma Chareetur, Member, ACCA

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Mats Olsson January 8, 2019

Diversity makes us smarter! There is research with this conclusion for those who still doubt. Good initiative by IFAC bringing this question up on the table, showing leadership. And from my perspective, being in the business as well as being an employer, I agree. Our company is very happy to among us have a deaf staff member. We have made minor physical arrangements to adapt and many in our staff have learned more or less of the "sign language", some of us to the extent that those who don't excel in it can be "out" of a discussion between our deaf employee and those of us who master the signs. I would like to go as far as stating that this is not only a win-win but a triple win, for our employee with a hearing disability getting a good job, for our staff who really does all they can, with pleasure, to include our deaf staff member, and finally for the company, in which we can learn from ALL our differencies, it is not our similarities that makes us grow stronger, it is our differencies. //Mats Olsson

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