Step up your inclusive narrative

Whether you are coming from the business, education, or social enterprise sector, it is clear that being a disability inclusive employer is how to take your organisation to the next level.

Creating a diverse workforce is not just another KPI, it is creating value for your employees through engagement, passion, and dedication. Build a story for your organisation that every single employee will be proud to tell.

At Steps, we want to help your organisation be at the forefront of disability inclusive practices and will help you every step of the way.

Steps-for-Businesses

Businesses should be leaders in modelling an inclusive eco-system. If inclusive practices are modelled in businesses, you will be representing all your stakeholders and contributing to the diversity and inclusion narrative. We offer 3 key services to businesses:

iSteps-for-Business Inclusion Diagnostic

We offer customised solutions for businesses looking to begin or enhance their inclusion journey. Our diagnostic tools looks at 8 inclusion domains through the lens of personnel, organisational, cultural, and implementation to provide the following outputs:

Analyse
A detailed analysis of current disability inclusion practices through a desk review of inclusion documentation, evidence of implementation, and systematic and targeted interviews.

Assess
Assessment of current status against iSteps’ 8 Domains of inclusive practices for businesses.

Recommend
Actionable recommendations which will move the organisation to the next stage of its inclusive practices.

Strategy
Inclusive strategy planning through the delivery of training and day-to-day supports necessary to ensure maximum effectiveness.

Disability Inclusion Accreditation

For businesses looking to go beyond our diagnostic, our disability inclusion accreditation provides a roadmap that drives your business forward:

  1. Application process to identify the current status of inclusive practices.
  2. Introduction to the 8 domains of inclusive practices and training on the accreditation process.
  3. Self-evaluation process conducted by the business’s internal appraisal team.
  4. Two onsite visits will be carried out with one near the beginning of the cycle and another towards the end.
  5. Direct feedback and assistance in creating a sound growth plan and a final visit to verify evidence of growth.

Demonstration Locations

We have a range of sustainable, inclusive, and neurodivergent friendly workplaces modelled at our demonstration sites in Thailand. Get in touch to learn how you could replicate one of our inclusive coffee shops, bakeries, eco shops, or business outsource centres in your setting.

    Steps-for-Schools

    Schools are important contributors to the inclusive eco-system. If inclusion is modelled at schools, we are preparing all students for the diverse workplaces they will later work within or create themselves. We offer 4 key services to schools:

    iSteps-for-Schools Diagnostic Tool

    We know schools believe in inclusion and want to integrate inclusive values school-wide. Our expertise can help schools to: 

    1. Identify areas in which the school already knows they’d like to work on.
    2. Gather and review inclusion documentation, evidence of implementation, and follow up with systematic and targeted interviews.
    3. Visual representation of the school’s strengths and weaknesses.
    4. Concrete recommendations for improvements including professional development from some of the worldwide leaders in the field.

      Disability Inclusion Accreditation

      For schools or education settings with a long-term commitment to inclusive practice school-wide, we provide an accreditation process:

      1. Application process to identify the current status of inclusive practices.
      2. Introduction to the 7 domains of inclusive practices and training on the accreditation process.
      3. Self-evaluation process conducted by the school’s internal appraisal team.
      4. Two onsite visits will be carried out with one near the beginning of the cycle and another towards the end.
      5. Direct feedback and assistance in creating a sound growth plan and a final visit to verify evidence of growth.

      Curriculum Pathways

      A pathway to qualification for those with intellectual disabilities. This accredited framework curriculum will open the door for students to be able to complete their studies at their international school of choice while working toward internationally recognised qualifications in skills that will lead directly to workplace opportunities.

      Demonstration locations

      Visit one of our demonstration locations as part of our consultancy model to help schools create both internal and external work opportunities for their student body. Our neurodivergent friendly workplaces models are sustainable and become touchstones for the school and the general public.

      Steps-for-Social-Projects

      Social projects are the drivers for change and the models society needs to learn from. We support social projects by:

      iSteps-for-Social Diagnostic Tool

      We see social projects as our partners in creating a truly inclusion society and having founded several successful social projects, we understand the challenges. Our expertise can help social projects to: 

      1. Identify areas in which the organisation already knows they’d like to work on.
      2. Gather and review inclusion documentation, evidence of implementation, and follow up with systematic and targeted interviews.
      3. Visual representation of the organisation’s strengths and weaknesses.
      4. Concrete recommendations for improvements including professional development from some of the worldwide leaders in the field.

        Demonstration locations

        Visit one of our demonstration locations as part of our consultancy model to help social projects create both internal and external work opportunities for their neurodivergent employees. Our inclusive workplace models are sustainable, creating meaningful and measurable outcomes, and become touchstones for the general public.

        Founder and Team

        Max Simpson, Founder and CEO has been working with the neurodivergent community for over 15 years, and the longer they work alongside this community, the more evidence they have that they are value-adding employees to any business.

        Max has successfully modelled 11 inclusive and sustainable social businesses including coffee shops, bakeries, eco shops, and a business service centre. Max believes strongly in demonstrating the sustainability of inclusive businesses in order to change the narrative around disability, and to empower the business community to replicate these models.

        In 2019, Max was listed as one of the top 50 young leaders shaping the future of Asia.  In 2021, Steps was honoured with the International Provision of the Year Award by the prestigious National Association for Special Educational Needs (UK). Max also sits on the board of the Special Education Network and Inclusion Association.

        There is a global need for a change in employment outcomes, and Max founded Steps in 2016 to meet that need.

        Our Team

        April J Remfrey, COO is a respected inclusive leader and visionary with an impressive history of building widely used and respected services. April was a teacher for over 20 years in three countries and has experience in the public, private, and international school environments.

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        Mark Chewter, CFO has helped small and mid-sized companies in diverse industries to grow and manage risk. He has also concluded buy-side and sell-side mandates, raised equity and debt, and restructured balance sheets for private and listed companies. Mark is an experienced company director and spent 12 years in the equity research divisions of leading international investment banks.

        Pear Chainares, Inclusive Employment Specialist, works closely with our business partners to consult on systems and processes that are both meaningful for the company and accessible for the neurodivergent community. Pear also provides training and mentorship to companies beginning their inclusion jorumey.