Inclusively Community Guidelines & Code of Conduct

Last Updated: August 2, 2021

We’re so glad to have you as part of the Inclusively Community!

Our Community Portal is a space for Inclusively users to discuss disability employment related topics, seek advice, ask questions, share experiences, offer ideas, collaborate, connect with like-minded professionals–and grow personally and professionally. For specific account related questions, please email our team directly: [email protected].

These guidelines apply to all Inclusively stakeholders—including candidates, employers, partners, community providers, and staff. We want to ensure that this community remains a space that is inclusive, forward-thinking, and supportive, and where everyone feels like they can learn and connect with others while feeling safe.

Inclusively’s commitment to this community:

We are committed to making the Community Portal an inclusive, respectful, and harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sex, sexual orientation, disability, neuro(a)typicality, pregnancy, physical appearance, body size, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, immigration status, citizenship status, age, political affiliation, or religion.

Our collective community values:

  • Inclusion: We choose to cultivate inclusivity in our interactions with each other, creating a space where people can come to interact and learn.
  • Courtesy & Respect: We choose to be kind and polite to one another. We don’t have to agree on everything – in fact, we believe that it’s beneficial to have varied views and perspectives. However, we encourage all members to be constructive and tactful when sharing their opinions. Everyone deserves to share their thoughts and ideas in our community, as long as they are respectful toward others.
  • Thoughtful Language: We choose to be mindful of how our words and tone might be understood. We’ve learned that written communication has the potential to be easily misinterpreted, especially by members from different cultures and backgrounds. If there’s a moment when someone says something that feels offensive, it is likely that they didn’t mean to upset anyone, and it might have been just a misunderstanding or miscommunication. However, if you have felt hurt or offended by anything that’s been said by someone in the community, please feel free to connect with that person privately or email us at [email protected] for extra support.

What we encourage you to do:

Share your experiences & ask for help

  • Absolutely feel free to share your experiences (or questions you have) and ask for and share advice and guidance. It’s likely that others are going through or have gone through the same experience.
  • Best practice: when you ask questions, make sure to get specific, so that people know the best way to help you!

Answer questions & support others

  • When you’re able to, please help others in the community by answering their questions, sharing your ideas, and supporting them. This is a wonderful way to build connections and network!
  • Note: while blatant self-promotion isn’t supported in this community, if you or your company have created a resource that would be truly useful in helping to support someone’s question or challenge, you can share it in response, with a disclaimer that it was created by you or your company.
  • Best practice: asking follow-up questions is a great way to engage and help focus your answers to people’s questions.

Start and join in for discussions

  • Feel free to post content that is pertinent to the topic that you’re posting in and share your knowledge. You can talk about general employment, employment of people with disabilities, accessible technology trends you’re exploring, learn what fellow members think about self-disclosing, ask a thought-provoking question about requesting accommodations from employers, etc.
  • Best practice: read previous posts to make sure you are not repeating a topic and make sure to engage with members when they respond to your discussion!

Share helpful resources & tips

  • You are welcome to share any great resources you come across if you are willing to engage in a conversation about it.
  • Best practice: share context about why you’re sharing this resource or tip with the community.

Build connections with one another

  • This community is filled with like-minded, inclusive professionals, and we are always trying to help you build connections with each other through community topics, events and discussions.
  • Best practice: be open, kind, and respectful with one another, and you’ll make some wonderful professional connections and friendships along the way.

What we do not allow:

  • Being ableist, rude, hateful, or insulting
  • Posting personal information, including things like your own or anyone else’s phone numbers, addresses, bank details, and/or email addresses
  • Spam/Resource Abuse/Malware
  • You may not use our Community Portal to send bulk unsolicited messages or post content of any type that is repetitive, off-topic; for phishing or to transmit viruses, malware, or any other items of a destructive nature; or designed to direct commercial activity to a non-Inclusively site.
  • Sharing a link without wanting to start a useful discussion around it
  • Sharing the exact same post several times or across multiple groups
  • Harassing other members. This includes:
    • Offensive, invasive comments or jokes related to gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, color, age, citizenship status, national origin, or religion
    • Deliberate intimidation, stalking or following
    • Threats of violence
    • Unwelcomed sexual attention
    • Trolling
    • Continued one-on-one communication after requests to cease
    • Non-consensual publication of private correspondence

Responses to any behavior that violates this Code of Conduct:

If you are being harassed, or if you notice that someone else in the Inclusive Community Portal is being harassed, please email our team immediately: [email protected].

If a member engages in behavior that violates this code of conduct, they may be given a warning or they may be asked to leave the community temporarily or permanently, depending on the severity of the behavior. If a member is asked to stop any harassing behavior, they are expected to comply immediately.

Two quick notes:
  • While we don’t intend to delete anyone’s comments, if we ever find any cruel/offensive/harassing comments, trolling, graphic content, or messages that feel like spam, these are circumstances that could possibly result in us deleting the post.
  • Other circumstances: Please note that the above is not an exhaustive list and we reserve the right to restrict a member’s access to the community either by a temporary or permanent ban.

At the end of the day, we encourage you to bring a forward-thinking and supportive mind to the Inclusively community. We know you’ll get the most out of our Community Portal that way.