Doing our part: Increasing digital inclusion through technology

Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2020
GAAD is an annual observance dedicated to encouraging the world to talk, think and learn about digital access, inclusion and people with different disabilities. 

This year marks the ninth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an annual observance dedicated to encouraging the world to talk, think and learn about digital access, inclusion and people with different disabilities. 

At Cummins, we have a deep-rooted commitment to empowering our employees to reach their full potential by working to ensure a truly diverse, accessible, equitable and inclusive environment. For Dennis Heathfield, Executive Director of Inclusion – People with Disabilities and Veterans at Cummins, the opportunity to join GAAD and help the organization amplify its mission is a no brainer.

“Our goal is to reduce barriers to employment for people with disabilities and having accessible technology is a first step in that,” Heathfield said. “We are proud to recognize Global Accessibility Awareness Day and partner with our employees to ensure they have technology to meet their needs.” 

Making technology accessible

As a company with more than 60,000 employees around the world, efforts to create an inclusive work environment extend to the technology Cummins employees use to perform their jobs, including websites, software, computers and mobile devices. 

The company’s aim is to enable employees to fully and independently understand, navigate and interact with technology functions and features easily and effectively. 

“We believe that technology is for everyone,” Heathfield added. “As a company with a rich history of diverse and inclusive policies, we continuously look for ways to make the tools our employees use every day more accessible for users of all abilities.” 

From speech recognition software to captioned telephones (CapTel), the following portfolio of solutions – available to Cummins employees around the world – highlights the company’s continuous efforts to ensure that employees get the most from their technology. 

  1. Speech Recognition Software - The enterprise-ready speech recognition solution converts speech to text empowering employees to create high-quality documentation faster and more efficiently.
  2. Text Prediction Software – AI-powered text predictions help employees avoid typing the same text over and over again in applications they use every day.
  3. Magnifier/Reader Software – A magnifier/reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifiers/readers enlarge and enhance everything on an employee’s computer screen, echoing their typing and essential program activity, and automatically reading documents, web pages and email.
  4. Captioned Telephones - Designed exclusively for individuals with hearing loss, captioned phones (CapTel) work just like any other phone, but users can listen and read word-for-word captions of everything said over the phone.

Ways you can help

Ready to take action? Learn more about GAAD and obtain guidance on how to improve digital accessibility in your workplace by visiting Global Accessibility Awareness Day online, and read about Cummins’ long history of diversity and inclusion

You can also help spread the word about GAAD on social media by joining the conversation and tagging your posts with #GAAD and #InclusionAtCummins

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Lauren O'Dell Sidler

As a senior communications specialist with Cummins Inc., Lauren O’Dell Sidler works with Cummins leaders to develop and implement communications strategies that reach Cummins’ global audience. 

Cummins celebrates Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Employee speaking virtually on a Zoom conference call

Today, Cummins Inc. (CMI) is proud to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD). The company hosted a panel discussion in observance of GAAD with all global employees to display efforts recently implemented, ensuring accessibility for all customers and employees.

The panel, led by the Cummins Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) team, featured Mark Smith, Vice President - Chief Financial Officer, Dennis Heathfield, Executive Director Inclusion - People with Disabilities and Veterans, Vanessa Cunningham, IT Director - Employee Experience and Nicholas Wojdyla, Director – Digital Marketing and Communications.

This discussion focused on establishing a more inclusive environment in alignment with Cummins’ global DE&I vision strategy. Cultivating a working environment with equity as a guiding principle allows a more inclusive experience. It takes courage to be who you are, especially at work.

To make room for this success, Cummins’ disability inclusion vision concentrates on removing barriers to employment, building an inclusive infrastructure and making digital accessibility a priority.

We have a deep-rooted commitment and history of empowering our employees to reach their full potential. As a company, our goal is to do our part in making technology more accessible for users of all abilities,” said Smith.

Digital accessibility is the inclusive practice of breaking down obstacles preventing interaction with, or access to websites, digital tools and technologies for people with disabilities. For example, people who are blind need alternative text to understand meaningful web content using their keyboards.

Technology is at the forefront, giving us a tangible way to provide employees and customers what they need to succeed. Cummins is committed to improving digital accessibility for websites, email, virtual events, e-commerce and more.

"Inclusive design impacts lives, and on GAAD we’re proud to double down on our commitment to ensuring accessibility across all our customer and employee-facing touchpoints,” said Heathfield.

Top improvements made by Cummins addressing digital accessibility include:

  • Language translations to ensure content can be viewed in a user's native language
  • Emphasis on Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) compliance across external-facing websites
  • Utilization of Siteimprove to proactively identify accessibility issues to be corrected
  • Implementing new options for email and virtual event accessibility

To learn more about accessibility and how you can get involved, please visit Home - GAAD (accessibility.day).

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Statement from Tom Linebarger and Carolyn Butler Lee on tragic events in Buffalo

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We are sad and angry that another racist gunman committed a mass shooting over the weekend in Buffalo, New York, targeting the Black community. While we will learn more over the days and weeks to come, officials have confirmed that the shooting that killed 10 people and injured three others was racially motivated and constituted a shocking act of domestic terrorism.  

As you may know, Cummins has a distributor located in Buffalo and we have confirmed that all our employees there are safe. Thank you to those who have expressed concern.  

Race-based hate crimes are often perpetrated against those who are marginalized in some way, and it’s frustrating that communities which are attacked most frequently are those most disadvantaged by our systems and processes. This heinous crime appears to be motivated by a disturbingly offensive extremist theory, which has no place at Cummins, in our communities or in our nation. No member of our society should live in fear based on the color of their skin. 

Almost two years ago, George Floyd was murdered in Minneapolis, and a national reckoning on race intensified. Sadly, racism in the U.S. continues to threaten our communities and our democratic norms and that is why we are resolute in our commitment to speak out against hate and replace it with a deep and abiding appreciation for diversity, equity and inclusion. 

We are committed to not only speak, but also act to create equitable, inclusive, and safe workplaces and communities, consistent with Cummins core values. We have and will continue to invest in extensive training and resources to support meaningful dialogue about race to ensure our employees fully understand the deep roots of systemic racism in the U.S. and how it affects perceptions and actions today. Through initiatives like Cummins Advocating for Racial Equity (CARE), Cummins has taken a leading role in undoing systemic discrimination against the Black community in the U.S., both to address racial inequities and eliminate racism.  We’re working on police reform, criminal justice reform, economic empowerment, and social justice reform in healthcare, housing, workforce development and civil rights, including voting rights and education. We are relentlessly committed to change, and the tragedy in Buffalo has us again looking at where we can do more or engage differently. 

We all have a role to play in advancing equity and inclusion. You can help by: 

  • Share and listen to the experiences of your colleagues, friends and neighbors. Understand if someone doesn’t have the emotional capacity to engage. 
  • Speak up and speak out against bigotry and hate in our communities. 

The tragic loss of life has become too common in the U.S. We also want to recognize that there was a series of other violent events over the weekend across the country, including killings that impacted communities from the West Coast to the South to the Midwest. The violence must stop. 

Please join us as we stand together for a more inclusive future.

 

Tom Linebarger

Chairman and CEO, Cummins Inc. 

 

Carolyn Butler-Lee                    

Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Cummins Inc. 

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

Cummins is revving up for the 2022 NASCAR season

Chase Briscoe posing next to #14 car

Let’s go racing! Revving up for the 2022 season, global power leader Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is back with Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), the championship-winning NASCAR team. 

Cummins will serve as a sponsor for the No. 14 Ford Mustang of driver Chase Briscoe. 

The partnership with SHR began in 2018 with Clint Bowyer and the No. 14 team. Since then, we have been proud to work alongside SHR, which shares a deep commitment to innovation and success.

But, that’s not the company’s only history with racing. Cummins has a motorsports lineage dating back to the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 when company founder Clessie Cummins was on the pit crew of the race-winning Marmon Wasp of driver Ray Harroun.

Cummins will make its debut as a primary sponsor of the No. 14 Ford Mustang during the AdventHealth 400 race weekend May 14-15 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. Following Kansas, the No 14 Cummins Ford Mustang will race again:

  • July 10-11 at Atlanta Motor Speedway 
  • July 30-31 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • Sept. 24-25 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth
Chase Briscoe talking

Briscoe is a third-generation racer whose career began on dirt tracks in and around his home state of Indiana. It’s a lineage that makes Briscoe a natural fit for SHR, as the team is co-owned by three-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, a native of Columbus, Indiana, the global headquarters for Cummins. 

Get more updates from the 2022 racing season by following us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn @Cummins. 

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Morgan Donnelly

Morgan Donnelly is a Digital Brand Reputation Senior Specialist. She joined the company in 2018 after earning her Bachelor of Art degrees in Strategic Communication and Professional Writing from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. 

World Autism Awareness Day 2022

World Autism Awareness Day 2022

Authored by Mahesh Narang

Mahesh is Vice President and President of Components, Cummins Inc. and the executive sponsor of Cummins' global Disability Inclusion Employee Resource Group network

April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD) when we promote equal opportunity, and full and effective participation in society, for people with autism.  

Autism, a form of neurodiversity, is a spectrum of developmental differences that can affect the way people communicate and experience the world around them.  It is estimated about 1% of the world population has autism and that 85% of working age people with autism are underemployed or unemployed.

At Cummins, we aspire to eliminate barriers to employment for people with disabilities – including autistic people – in our workplaces and in our communities. As the Executive Sponsor of Cummins global Disability Inclusion Employee Resource Group (ERG) network, I am excited to share that we have recently launched the first part of a planned series of neurodivergent talent pilots.

In this first pilot, the Cummins project team, working with our external partner, Specialisterne, will place individuals in roles with Cummins Electronics and Fuel Systems. Following several months of thoughtful planning and preparation, we initiated the pilot process in February 2022 and the team will be working through phases to wrap-up in early September 2022.

The neurodivergent talent pilots build upon ongoing disability hiring initiatives at Cummins Emissions Solutions sites in the United States, Mexico and India, positioning Cummins to attract, retain and fully leverage a diverse workforce that is reflective of the communities in which we operate. Increasing the representation of persons with disabilities employed at Cummins is a priority focus area under our Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Strategy and is critical to our ability to win in the global marketplace. 

I hope that you too will act on the opportunity to learn more about autism. There are many ways to get involved and further a more inclusive culture wherever you work. You can help your company launch a site/organization-focused initiative; join/start your own disability employee resource group; participate on a disability-specific community involvement project; and join Cummins in practicing our Five DE&I Actions: 

  • Grow your circle
  • Use inclusive language
  • Facilitate an environment where everyone feels welcome
  • Get involved
  • Commit to growing

Thank you and take care.

Mahesh Narang

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Cummins Inc.

Cummins is a global power leader that designs, manufactures, sells and services diesel and alternative fuel engines from 2.8 to 95 liters, diesel and alternative-fueled electrical generator sets from 2.5 to 3,500 kW, as well as related components and technology. Cummins serves its customers through its network of 600 company-owned and independent distributor facilities and more than 7,200 dealer locations in over 190 countries and territories.

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