6th Disability Awareness Month for SPIE - Gaining a better understanding of ‘DYS’ disorders

Published on 21 March 2019

Cergy, March 21, 2019 – From 11 March 2019 to the end of April, SPIE France, a subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the areas of energy and communications, is organising the sixth edition of the "Disability Awareness Month", which will focus on communication disorders and the difficulties they cause. The aim is to inform, raise awareness and mobilise SPIE France's employees around disability.

In a digital age where "communication" is a key word, SPIE France intends to focus on the problems that hinder - or even block - children and adults in their exchanges with others. DYS(*) and stuttering are cognitive disabilities that do not impair intelligence.

These communication disorders are still poorly known today. The obstacles encountered in terms of compensation and image by those affected are too often underestimated, particularly for adults in the working environment.

The "Disability Awareness Month" is thus an opportunity for the various French subsidiaries to free up their time and discuss the issue of disability in the company with all employees.

This year, the main challenges are to open the dialogue, dispell prejudices about disability and enable everyone to share good practices in terms of support, supervision and integration of the people concerned. "We must all work together to unite our differences and make our working environment a place where all talents can develop to their full potential," says Olga Martin-Jarousse, SPIE France's Human Resources Director.

The two previous editions of the "Disability Month" were dedicated to internal achievements and innovative practices implemented for the benefit of people with disabilities (development of accessible housing, development of crossroads, installation of magnetic loops for the hearing impaired...)

Awareness-raising actions on main sites

The last edition of the "Disability Awareness Month" allowed initiatives to be carried out at more than 70 sites throughout France. This year, the disability referent and human resources managers of each of the subsidiaries are doing their utmost to implement information and awareness-raising actions for employees at various sites. Everyone will lead exchanges and meetings: playful workshops, "escape-games", quizzes and exhibitions on the themes of DYS and stuttering will be organized.

Better understanding to work better together

These sharing moments between employees encourage and free up the dialogue on disability. Many of them take the opportunity to talk about their own situation and finally testify freely. For the entire HR sector as well as for managers, the “Disability Month” is also an opportunity to raise awareness of the support opportunities for the employees concerned, to explain the procedures and assistance to which they are entitled and that will considerably improve their professional or personal lives.

Supporting the employment of people with disabilities

While maintaining employment and supporting the welcoming, integration and professional development of people with disabilities are a major focus of SPIE's disability policy, recruitment is also a priority. SPIE is committed to recruiting its future employees through its target schools, temporary workers, associations, Cap Emploi and integration companies in all its businesses.

Support the development of institutions in protected and adapted sectors

Finally, every entities of SPIE France participate whenever they have the opportunity to do so in supporting the sector of protected and adapted work, namely with Etablissements et Services d'aide par le travail (ESAT) and Entreprises Adaptées (EA). This policy makes it possible to take very concrete action to promote the employment of people with disabilities.

(*) DYS disorders are cognitive pathologies of neurobiological origin without intellectual disability, which nevertheless induce learning disabilities. They include dyscalculia, dyschronia, dysgraphia, dyslexia, dysorthographia and dysphasia.