Digital Inclusion Articles

Inclusive Design Is Central to Accessible Product Development

Salesforce’s vice president of product accessibility advocates for inclusive design and meaningful engagement of people with disabilities throughout the design process, rejecting the outdated practice of post-development usability studies.

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Integrating Accessibility Staff Into Your In-Person Events

Effective training in disability etiquette for accessibility volunteers and staff is crucial to avoiding ableist interactions, and ensures a positive experience for attendees with disabilities at in-person events.

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Salesforce’s 2024 Stakeholder Impact Report Highlights Accessibility Initiatives

Salesforce’s 2024 Stakeholder Impact Report showcases its 25-year legacy of advancing accessibility and inclusion through strategic partnerships, innovative training programs, and global initiatives—all aimed at empowering professionals with disabilities.

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Design Accessibility Founding Partner Salesforce Digital Accessibility

Integrating Accessibility Testing Into Salesforce's Trailhead Program

Continual improvements to Salesforce’s Trailhead program are informed by accessibility testing and ongoing feedback received from participants with disabilities.

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DEI Accessibility Disability Advocacy Salesforce Allyship

The Importance of Microvalidations in the Workplace

Microvalidations counteract the corrosive effects of microaggressions in the workplace through small acts of affirmation and inclusion, supporting marginalized or stigmatized groups.

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Accessibility Founding Partner Disability Advocacy Salesforce Allyship

How Salesforce Is Making TrailblazerDX 2024 More Accessible

Salesforce is enhancing accessibility at TrailblazerDX 2024 by including a Disability Help Desk, a Quiet Zone, captioning in all keynotes and breakout sessions, sighted escorts, sign language interpreters, over 100 accessibility staff volunteers, and more.

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Inclusion Salesforce

Foster a Culture of Belonging & Inclusion in Your Remote Team

To create a remote team that embraces accessibility, inclusion, and belonging, you should adopt flexible work policies, implement ‘access checks,’ record all virtual meetings, use chat features judiciously, and recognize team members’ contributions.

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Inclusion DEI Accessibility Salesforce Allyship Digital Accessibility

How to Communicate Your Disability Inclusion Plan Internally & Externally

When communicating about your disability inclusion plan, ensure it's accessible for all, integrated into your regular meeting structure, uses marketing collateral to inform, and is discussed consistently and frequently among employees and external stakeholders.

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Accessibility Founding Partner Salesforce Allyship

Supporting Professionals & Families With Intellectual Disabilities

Providing better support for professionals with disabilities and their families centers around challenging stigmas, prioritizing flexible work options, facilitating disability awareness events, creating affinity groups, offering parental support, and encouraging mental health days.

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DEI Accessibility Founding Partner Disability Advocacy Salesforce

How Salesforce Became a Champion for Accessibility & Inclusion

Through a combination of grassroots affinity groups and committed leadership, Salesforce has become a major advocate for greater accessibility and inclusion in the tech industry and wider professional world.

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Inclusion Hiring Accessibility Salesforce Allyship

How to Recruit Professionals With Disabilities to Your Company (& Retain Them)

To better recruit and retain professionals with disabilities, you should embrace accessible hiring practices, adopt inclusive interviewing processes, prioritize disability leadership representation, implement digital inclusion, and create an inclusive and belonging culture.

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Inclusion Salesforce Neurodiversity

How to Create Accessible Workplaces for Employees with Cognitive & Learning Disabilities

Create an accessible work environment that empowers individuals with cognitive and learning disabilities and promotes organizational success.

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Inclusion DEI Accessibility Salesforce Blindness/Vision Impairment d/Deaf + Hearing Loss

Mistakes Companies Make When They Think They’re Being Inclusive & Accessible

Implementing generalized accessibility strategies, asking employees to declare their disability status, and expecting HR departments to always lead out on accessibility are a few ways organizations mistakenly approach inclusion and disability issues.

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DEI Accessibility Salesforce Events Allyship

Disability:IN 2023 Annual Conference Highlights the Importance of Inclusive Language

Disability:IN 2023 highlighted the importance of inclusive language, approaching disability with authenticity, respecting others’ language preferences, being a better ally, and experiencing solidarity with other professionals with disabilities.

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Salesforce Blindness/Vision Impairment

Challenges of Changing Careers as a Blind and Visually Impaired Professional

After becoming blind and struggling for years to find consistent employment, Strini Naidoo explains how Salesforce’s Trailblazer program has given his professional career a new life.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy Salesforce ADA

How to Create Accessible Workplaces for Employees With Mobility Impairments

To make workplaces more accessible for employees with mobility impairments, companies should eliminate physical barriers, adopt flexible work options, provide assistive technology, modify specific policies, and foster a more inclusive workplace culture.

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Accessibility Disability Advocacy Salesforce

How to Create an Accessible Workplace for d/Deaf Employees

Creating an accessible workplace for d/Deaf employees means conducting accessibility trainings, providing assistive technology, and using inclusive communication methods.

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Inclusion Accessibility Disability Advocacy News Salesforce

Celebrating National Disability Independence Day

National Disability Independence Day, celebrated annually on July 26, commemorates passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the U.S. law prohibiting discrimination against those with disabilities.

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Accessibility Founding Partner Disability Advocacy News Salesforce

Workforce Navigators: a New Website for Professionals With Disabilities

A champion of greater inclusion and accessibility in tech, Salesforce rolls out a new website dedicated to its Workforce Navigators program for professionals with disabilities.

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Diversity Inclusion DEI Accessibility Founding Partner Salesforce Allyship

How Does Accessibility Fit in With DEI?

DEI and accessibility are both motivated by a desire for greater equality in the workplace and marketplace. Advocating for one should include championing the other.

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Accessibility Founding Partner Disability Advocacy Salesforce Neurodiversity

Autistic Pride Day 2023: Neurodivergent Professionals & the Importance of Self-Advocacy

By fostering inclusive and accessible team cultures, managers can encourage autistic professionals to feel comfortable self-advocating for the workplace accommodations they need to thrive.