Ably Different is a voluntary committee of IOM3 whose goal is to achieve equality of opportunity professionally for IOM3 members identifying as disabled and allies such as family members, carers and work colleagues. Together, we will do this by advancing the interests of disabled people, raising awareness and supporting equality of opportunity for IOM3 members in materials, minerals and mining and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion within the wider STEM community.
Providing support for IOM3 members with disabilities, and striving to increase their active participation inside and outside the workspace;
Campaigning on issues facing IOM3 members with disabilities, within the workplace, and in society in general;
Raising awareness of disability issues amongst the IOM3 membership, amongst employers, and in society in general;
Ensuring effective representation of IOM3 members with disabilities;
Advising the IOM3 Executive Committee on matters relating to disabilities.
Jude Allan MIMMM, Chair of an IOM3 group collating case studies on equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the foundation industries, talks about next steps to enhance the ED&I focus in these sectors.
Diversity in engineering can bring many benefits to the sector, Animesh Anand AIMMM, Engineering Lecturer at Chesterfield College, UK, Vice Chair of the IOM3 Ably Different group, and a member of the IOM3 Ethnic Minorities and Pride groups, discusses the importance promoting diversity and inclusion in engineering.