Diversonomics | Season 4 Episode 2

Disability and inclusion: The challenges of access and finding meaningful employment

25 October 2019

According to the World Health Organization, "disability" is an umbrella term that covers various physical, medical and mental impairments that may limit one's ability to participate in daily activities.

Given this classification, there are more than one billion people around the globe who have some form of disability, with 78% acquiring their disability while of working age. This makes it critical for organizations to prepare for the reality that many of their employees are - or will become - disabled.

Tune in to season 4, episode 2 of Diversonomics as hosts Roberto Aburto and Cindy Kou chat with diversity and inclusion consultant Emma Dennis about the challenges of developing an inclusiveness strategy for disabled employees in a world where there is no "one size fits all" solution.

Episode tip

"I think we need recruiters, line managers, the people that are really involved in bringing people in, to be able to look past disability, see the skills the individual brings to the organization and to the role and be confident by talking about disability and making things work."

- Emma Dennis, diversity and inclusion manager at Gowling WLG UK

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Episode hosts

Roberto Aburto

Roberto Aburto is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office, practising in municipal law and civil litigation, with a focus on real estate disputes, land use planning law and commercial litigation.

He is also an active member in the swimming and lifesaving community, serving on the board of directors for the Lifesaving Society (Ontario Branch) as the corporate secretary/legal adviser, and on the Lifesaving Society (National Branch) National Team Selection Committee for Lifesaving Sport.

He is also co-chair of Gowling WLG's Diversity and Inclusion Council and is committed to promoting these principles.

To learn more about Roberto, visit Roberto's bio, follow Roberto on Twitter or connect to Roberto on LinkedIn.

Cindy Kou

Cindy Kou is a business law associate. She assists clients in a broad range of industries with corporate, commercial, and regulatory matters. She also regularly advises on technology law matters.

Cindy holds degrees in Common Law and Civil Law from McGill University and has worked in both common and civil law jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. She speaks French and Mandarin.

To learn more about Cindy, visit Cindy's bio or follow Cindy on Twitter.


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