Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition

Inclusion is more than a buzzword. It's a business strategy.

It's a fact that's been proven many times over—diversity in the workplace matters. But how do you foster a company culture that attracts and supports a diverse workforce, including employees with disabilities such as blindness?

Introduction to Inclusive Talent Acquisition, a free online course co-developed with Harvard Extension School, gives hiring managers and recruiters the tools they need to attract, interview and onboard qualified candidates with disabilities. Watch our video to learn more about the course »

The Spring Session of this self-paced edX course runs from March 14 to May 9.

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Since its September 2016 launch, over 1,800 people from 115 different countries have participated in the course.

What did participants have to say about the course?

"I found myself wanting more!"
"Definitely an eye opener."
"I got more than I bargained for."

For questions about the course, contact edx@perkins.org or call 617-972-7243.


Course Syllabus

As part of this course, participants will learn how to:

  • Identify potential barriers to employment.
  • Comfortably recruit, interview, and onboard candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities.
  • Improve workplace accessibility and culture to support candidates with different abilities.

Session 1: Building a Diverse Recruiting Pipeline
This session covers the barriers to employment job seekers with disabilities face throughout the job search process, focusing on the recruitment stage. Mini documentary-style videos will showcase individuals with disabilities leading fulfilling careers and highlight the breadth of jobs that people with disabilities can perform.

Session 2: Acing the Interview
This session covers the pivotal moment of the interview and disclosure from the perspectives of the interviewer and the interviewee in order to better prepare the interviewer and address the potential for biased judgments.

Session 3: Adapting the Workplace
This session will provide information about creating an accessible and inclusive work environment for individuals with disabilities from the physical office layout to adaptive technology.

Session 4: Preparing for Day One
This session will prepare the manager for what to expect on the first day for a new employee with a disability and for the ongoing role of the manager in supervising an employee with a disability. Participants will learn how to create a workplace culture that supports diversity.


Course Schedule

The course will be available on edX three times during the 2016/2017 academic year, with additional dates in 2017/2018 to be announced. Course dates for 2016/2017 can be found below:

Pilot Course
Starts: 10/11/16
Ends: 12/5/16

Spring Course
Starts: 3/14/17
Ends: 5/9/17

Winter Course
Starts: 1/10/17
Ends: 3/6/17

The course is self-paced, meaning all the course material will be available and you can access it at your convenience. You can take the course one lesson at a time or even finish it in an afternoon, as long as you complete the course before the end date. We estimate the course will take three and a half hours to complete in total.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?

Hiring managers, recruiters, human resources professionals and anyone involved in recruiting, interviewing, and hiring.

What will you learn?

As part of the course, you will learn how to: (1) identify potential barriers to employment, (2) comfortably recruit, interview, and onboard candidates of diverse backgrounds and abilities, (3) and improve workplace accessibility and culture to support candidates with different abilities.

Why should I take this course?

It's quick - the course takes only three and a half hours total to complete. It's actionable - each session includes concrete calls to action to implement at your organization. It's a networking opportunity - You'll also have the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals and share best practices.

Why should my staff take this course?

Inclusion is a business strategy. By taking advantage of this free resource your company will remain competitive. This course will empower your employees to create a culture of inclusion that attracts new customers, clients, and candidates.

Where is the course offered and how can I sign up?

The course is available entirely online on edX. Anyone can register for edX and enroll in the course for free.

How long will the course take to complete?

The course takes approximately three and a half hours total to finish. The course is self-paced. You can take the course one session at a time or even finish it in an afternoon, as long as you complete the course before the end date.

How much does the course cost?

The course is absolutely free to take. If you want to show off your credentials, you can purchase an edX verified certificate for $49.00. The certificate can be purchased before or after you start the course.

Who created the course?

Perkins School for the Blind and Harvard Extension School co-developed the course. The course distills valuable lessons from leaders in inclusion, human resources professionals, and people with disabilities.

What is edX?

Founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012, edX is an online learning destination and Massively Open Online Course (MOOC) provider, offering high-quality courses from the world's best universities and institutions to learners everywhere.

Become an Inclusive Hiring Employer

Show your competitors and potential candidates that you are taking the first step to creating a more inclusive workplace for the disability community by becoming an Inclusive Hiring Employer.

How to become an Inclusive Hiring Employer:

  • Promote the course internally through your employee intranet and newsletters.
  • Promote the course externally through email newsletters and social media.
  • Commit to recruiting at least one hiring manager and one human resources professional to take the course.

Benefits for Inclusive Hiring Employers:

  • Your company logo will be displayed on our website as an Inclusive Hiring Employer.
  • You can display a badge on your website showing your competitors and potential candidates that you are an Inclusive Hiring Employer.

Contact us about becoming an Inclusive Hiring Employer »