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DEC 2017-JAN 2018

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24 barista magazine • Approach applicants based on ability to do the sensory work and contribute to positive systems, not based on their physical ability to lift and move green coffee. • Remove height, lifting, and experience requirements from your job postings and give all qualifi ed applicants a chance. • If you can afford to, provide health insurance, FSA programs, and schedule fl exibility around medical care and health. • Avoid language that links disabilities with negative attributes. IN ROASTING WORK: • Employ labor-saving technologies like casters, forklifts, pallet jacks, hoist systems, pneumatic conveyance systems, and loading pits. • Bring in ergonomics and body-difference inclusion consultants to observe your space and workers, and give advice for worker safety and longevity. • Be ready to adapt your space to changing worker needs and promising new candidates. • Make your spaces ADA-accessible. On tackling simple adjustments that make operations safer and more accessible for all workers, Mandy provides a wealth of inexpensive solu- tions from their experience as a 5-foot-2-inch roaster. "What height are the production tables? Uline makes tables with adjustable heights. Can I put a fl oor scale on a raised platform to make scooping easier?" "Making green-coffee storage easier to access is also possible," Mandy adds. "I've seen ingredient bins that are lower to the ground than the larger Brute bins that I usually see in roasteries, and you can add rollers to them, as well. Raised platforms are a quick fi x for so many situations, and you can build 'em in no time." These solutions are easiest to spot and fi x for a short worker like Mandy, but, they point out, they actually help all workers do their jobs more safely. "These are simple fi xes, but they can have a huge effect on how inclusive your workplace really is, and they're equally effi cient for people that are able-bodied," Mandy says. The ease with which AVOIDING ABLEIST LANGUAGE Skipping the ableist language not only helps you speak more accurately and broaden your vocabulary, it also helps dismantle a culture of disability stigma. HERE ARE SOME EASY SWAPS: Once you start noticing casual usages of ableist language, you'll start swapping more and more phrases automatically. This will up your accuracy and make any space you inhabit friendlier and more inclusive. Stupid/Idiotic Frustrating/Annoying/Irritating Crazy/Insane Ridiculous/Illogical/Absurd OR Amazing/Wild/Fascinating Lame Bad/Awful/Cruel Psycho/Sociopath/Narcissist Dangerous/Threatening/Cruel/ Heartless Had a fi t Was angry

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