True Inclusiveness

Inclusiveness is an overused word. All manner of organisations use it, but not so many practice it. After seeing the video below, I started thinking once again about inclusiveness, and how inclusive our organisations really are.

As Gloucestershire Deaf Association say in their comments about the video, booking a fully qualified British Sign Language interpreter is imperative in certain situations – financial in particular.

The definition of Inclusiveness according to Merriam-Webster.com as

Open to everyone: not limited to certain people.

Another definition is given to us by yourdictionary.com

The definition of inclusiveness is an aura or environment of letting people in and making them feel welcome.

Just allowing someone to be in our organisations or businesses without letting them feel a valued part of it is not inclusive. An organisation, business or club can be diverse without being truly inclusive. In today’s culture, not many organisations would state that they are exclusive and don’t allow certain other groups of people in, but it is attitudes that exclude.

There are many organisations where you are intentionally isolated if you don’t maintain the status quo, or say the right things or believe the same as everyone else. These can cross most boundaries; political, religious, businesses, leisure.

A Company Director, for example, has to be emotionally secure to have people on his board who don’t always agree with him because many leaders enjoy the power of control. Dr Aran Reeves of Nexions LLC, quoted on the website legalinclusiveness.org, says,

Inclusiveness is about an inviting environment for talent from all backgrounds as well as the equal opportunity for each person to succeed in a way that works for them. Inclusiveness makes room, not for different people to take a shot at the same definition of success, but for different people to actually create different definitions of success.

Many people in our society are isolated, some because of a breakdown in a relationship, or bereavement, some because they do not speak the language of those around them, some because they cannot get out, and some because disability excludes them because of a lack of facilities or the right kind of assistance.

Just how inclusive are we really?