Disability Inclusion Tips

The UN Secretariat is committed to being an inclusive organization for staff with disabilities of all types.

How can we behave in ways that are disability-inclusive?

It is especially important for managers to be inclusive in the hiring process and in managing  teams.  

Being inclusive means: 

  • Taking time to build relationships with your team members
  • Asking about their home lives and work-life balance to alleviate concerns about the disabilities they may have
  • Educating teams members that  some disabilities are not visible however not surmountable
  • Protecting the privacy of our colleagues and allowing to share if/when comfortable
  • Identifying the best method of communciation, organizational style and preferred workspace arrangements
  • Encouraging use of flexible working arrangement as it benefits productivity and work-life balance for all staff
  • Ensuring reasonable accommodations can be made.
  • Providing frequent, clear feedback about daily or weekly projects and progress toward overall goals in workplans.
  • Scheduling regular feedback discussions. All staff, regardless of disabilities, need to hear how their performance is viewed and to find out what they need to improve.

To learn more  more about disability-inclusiveness from a manager’s perspective, see the resources below:


Disability Awareness

Mental Health

Understanding Autism

Managing persons with ADHD and Dyslexia

United Nations documents