Few global C-suite leaders talk about disability

Valerie Bolden-Barrett | January 16, 2019

Few global C-suite leaders talk about disability
Discussions on disability inclusion are on few C-suite agendas, according to new research by EY on behalf of #valuable, an advocacy organization for people with disabilities. According to Disability Confidence: The Business Leadership Imperative, most global executives (56%) seldom or never discuss disability, even though one in seven people worldwide have a disability. The study found that only one in 14 of high-level executives consider themselves an individual with a disability, and of this number, one in five don't feel comfortable admitting they have a disability. The research also showed that discussions on disability inclusion were more likely to occur when senior leaders with a disability were visible or when they had a family member with a disability. "Although 7% of leaders identified in this survey have a direct connection to disability, there are very few leading high-profile voices for disability inclusion," said Caroline Casey, #valuable founder. "In the last 30 years, bold business leadership has played a crucial role in driving social change. Now is the time for us to see a bold leader stand up for disability.

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