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Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round-Up: April 13, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of our Diversity & Inclusion Friday News Round Up. Today we are talking about the world’s first autism certified theme park, a new inclusive clothing line, women and self-doubt as well as transgender women who will be running the Boston Marathon next week. Happy Friday!

Diversity & Inclusion Round Up
Caroline Berns 

Head of Talent Acquisition, MMEA

Category, topic & hashtags

Gender

According to a study published by researchers from the Arizona State University, gender plays a big role in how students perceive their own intelligence. For this study, students were asked to rate their abilities in comparison to others in their class – and male students were three times more likely than female students to consider themselves smarter than their class partners.

Inclusion

The popular fashion brand Tommy Hilfiger just launched a new fashion line called “Tommy Adaptive”, offering a variety of clothing that is suitable for people with disability. Two years ago Tommy Hilfiger had already designed a line for children with disabilities and with the latest launch their clothing range will be even more inclusive.

LGBTQ

The Boston Marathon is taking place next Monday and transsexual women are allowed to start in the women’s category. Although this rule has been in place for a while, this is now causing a lot of discussions. People claim that these women have an unfair advantage, but medical experts say that there is actually no evidence for that, especially once they are lowering their testosterone.

Inclusion

The 2nd of April was World Autism Awareness Day and the US amusement park “Sesame Place” proudly announced that they are now the first autism certified theme park in the world. To obtain the certification they did not only train their staff in autism awareness and sensitivity, but also added low-sensory areas to offer an inclusive environment for children with autism and their families.

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