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DISABILITY INCLUSION AND ACCESSIBILITY

Image of accessibility centre pinsAs part of the implementation of the Secretary-General's bulletin on the employment and accessibility for staff members with disabilities in the United Nations Secretariat, we are committed to taking appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability in the workplace through the adoption of standards and guidelines for the United Nations Secretariat. This ensures that staff members with disabilities have access to physical facilities, conferences and services, documentation and information, and professional development. Such measures are being taken within existing resources or with additional resources approved for this purpose by the General Assembly. 

Accessibility features in UN recruitment 

Recent steps towards this goal was the launch of accessibility features on the UN Careers Portal and inspira, the recruitment platform for the Secretariat. An “accessibility” button, available on the Careers Portal and inspira homepages, allows users with disabilities to access the content and functionalities of the websites and learn more about working at the United Nations. 

The accessibility features include adjustments to monitor settings, keyboard navigation, and the ability to function with a wide range of standard assistive technologies, such as screen readers and alternative keyboards. The seven predefined accessibility profiles, in both English and French, from which users can select are: 

  • Screen Reader
  • Keyboard Navigation
  • Color Contrast
  • Monochromatic
  • Text Color Contrast
  • Block Blinking
  • Help

These enhancements are just one part of the United Nations’ commitment to providing equal employment opportunity to all and reaffirms the 2030 Agenda pledge to “leave no one behind”. 

Videos

Austism awareness webinar with Austism Speaks 
hosted by Office of Human Resources and Staff Union
New York (May 2020) 

 

 

Disability awareness webinar with NYC Mayor's Office for Person's with Disabilities hosted by Office of Human Resources and Staff Union New York (November 2019)
Accessibility features on the UN recruitment platforms to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (December 2018)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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