Diversity is an important thing that can be strength in many ways, including in the field of work. One of the things that can be done to build inclusiveness in the field of work is to create an inclusive work space. With an inclusive work space and culture, all employees can have equal opportunities to contribute in creating a better future for the company, regardless of their background.
Some companies have established an inclusive work space to ensure that all employees can truly feel accepted, safe, and free to be themselves as long as they work. Likewise with Program Peduli which supports the values of social inclusion in the field of professional work and careers, one of which is for people with disabilities.
Based on data from the Institute for Economic and Community Research (LPEM) at the end of 2017, the number of people with disabilities in Indonesia reached 30 million. However, there were still many disability workers who were not empowered. In fact, according to Law No. 8 Year 2016 concerning Persons with Disabilities, central and regional governments, BUMNs, and BUMDs are obliged to employ persons with disabilities as many as 2% of the total workers. Meanwhile, the private sector is obliged to employ persons with disabilities as much as 1% of the total workers.
Because of that, Peduli collaborated with colleagues from Coworking Space and Lingkaran Community in organizing an inclusive work space program that supported people with disabilities to always be productive and creative. In this program, disability colleagues who had registered could take part in the talk show “Disability Doesnt Mean Inability” held on 21 May, 2018. The talk show was attended by deaf activist Surya Sahetapy, Mimi Institute founder Mimi Mariani Lusli, Disability Specialist from Bappenas Marthella Sirait, and the CMO of Design for Dream Imam Pesiwaryantoro.
In the talkshow, Marthella Sirait said that there were several principles that needed to be considered in creating an inclusive environment, namely 1) Universal design; environmental composition that can be accessed, understood, and used to the maximum extent possible by everyone regardless of their background, 2) SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Timely), 3) Principles of adequate accommodation, and 4) Variety of accommodation.
Meanwhile, Mimi Mariani spoke about the importance of providing training for people with disabilities before they work. This training aims to enable them to survive in any work situation so they can continue to work or be productive. People with disabilities must also be active and dare to communicate what they need in their work.
This was also confirmed by Surya Sahetapy who said that all work could be done by people with disabilities as long as the company provided accessibility so they could continue to work and be productive.
In addition to the talkshow, Program Peduli with these colleagues from Coworking Space and the Lingkaran Community also facilitated colleagues with disabilities in Collective Classes held on 21, 22, 24, and 25 May 2018. This activity was in the form of writing skills training for disabled colleagues mentored by Bayu Maitra. The whole series of activities was supported by the Ministry of Labor of the Republic of Indonesia, Innovation Room, and Soyjoy Indonesia in an effort to build a more inclusive Indonesia.