DSAIA Digest: Research on Value of Employess with DS

Fri, May 01, 2015 10:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Publication Highlights Value of

 Employees with DS

"The value that employees with Down syndrome can add to organizations" a study performed by McKinsey & Company for the project Another Glimpse from Alana Institute, was released in March 2014 and showed that the inclusion of people with Down syndrome generates positive impact in five of nine areas that measure organizational health, such as leadership, customer satisfaction, culture and climate, team motivation, coordination and control. The study also revealed that a healthy company is more likely to present an above-average profit with the inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Marcus Frank, senior consultant at McKinsey, presented the study at the United Nations (UN) in New York, on World Down Syndrome Day. During his speech, Marcus said that McKinsey accepted the challenge of this research because they believe that "companies should promote inclusion at the workplace, not out of obligation but because of the improvements in competitiveness," he said.   

This year's UN theme is "My Opportunities, My Choices – Enjoying Full and Equal Rights and the Role of Families" and it has total synergy with the McKinsey’s study. "This study is an incentive for parents to continue to invest in the education of their children with Down syndrome because the market is seeing their value. They are recognizing the potential of these young people and, therefore, companies are opening their doors to hire more of them, " says Claudia Moreira, project coordinator of Another Glimpse. The survey interviewed 2,000 employees from several companies and 83% of them said that the presence of a person with Down syndrome causes the leader to become more able to resolve conflicts. The consultancy also spoke with 20 human resource leaders of national and foreign companies, as well as directors of institutions that support people with intellectual disabilities in Brazil, USA, Canada and Europe. The project, Another Glimpse (or Outro Olhar in Portuguese), was born with the mission of raising awareness about the singularities and skills of people with Down syndrome. It believes that a society can only win when it recognizes the potential of diversity that will bring us a better future. It does this through the production and dissemination of knowledge about Down syndrome. Learn more at

The publication is available for download here Instituto Alana is a member of DSAIA.

Dealing With Competition Within the DS Community

DSAIA has scheduled a"Topical Call" on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 from 8 pm -10 pm ET to discuss a very interesting and popular topic of conversation lately in the Down syndrome community: non-DSAs as competition. Local DSAs are seeing other organizations come into their area which may threaten their member and donor bases. These organizations may or may not be Down syndrome-focused, but they do target services to individuals with Down syndrome and possibly duplicate services. 

Over the years, the local Down syndrome organization has wrestled with other DSAs who might serve overlapping areas (or even the same area). This is nothing new. However, several organizations have expressed that this new situation with centers springing up in their area brings a new set of issues and can impact the local DSA negatively even when a partnership is established. 

In this call, DSAIA will try to delve into the following questions (among others): Is a non-DSA a threat to existing organizations? Can the non-DSA complement an existing organization?  What factors need to be considered?

This is a members-only call moderated by DSAIA's Executive Director, Deanna Tharpe. Others can attend the call by invitation-only. If you would like to learn more about the call or register, go to DSAIA's Upcoming Trainings page for details. 

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio


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