Simply Open Awards

I am consulting with a beautiful organization called Open Inclusion where I am the Lead in the United States.  Open is an organization run for and by people with disabilities where we work with large brands to make products and services more accessible through different paid research opportunities.  We are also working on a brand-new project where we partnered with the freelance organization, Fiverr, where we are working with people with disabilities to help them become their own freelancers.  So many amazing things in the advancement of inclusion!

We are also working on an incredible competition called the Simply Open Awards where people with disabilities can submit a two minute video showcasing a simple and elegant solution or ”hack” that has made their lives better.  These solutions will be shared with the world, so that we can showcase how we come up with innovative solutions to make our lives just a little bit easier.

Collaborating with the Christopher Reeve Foundation we hosted a webinar on what the Simply Open Awards are all about.  If you have a disability, or a loved one of someone with a disability, a carer, a friend, etc. you can also submit a two minute video. 

Winners will win a few thousand dollars and have the chance to go to an all-inclusive paid trip to the Zero Project Conference in Geneva in 2023!

Thank you Christopher Reeve for such an awesome webinar:

Check out my Accessible Solution:

Sabrina’s Adaptive Beach Days – Turning Dreams into Action

Thank you Christopher Reeve Foundation for allowing me to be a guest blogger for your incredible organization again!

In this article I feature one of my dear friends Sabrina Cohen who is simply taking over the world in Florida in creating an adaptive beach program and so much more for individuals with disabilities!

https://www.christopherreeve.org/blog/life-after-paralysis/sabrinas-adaptive-beach-days-turning-dreams-into-action

“Let’s Talk” Huawei Tech Accessibility Global Chat

Last week I was invited to be a panelist for the multinational corporation @huaweiUSA for a live stream discussion called:

“Let’s Talk”

YOUTUBE: https://lnkd.in/ems-HR5Y

TWITTER: https://lnkd.in/eygcXfc6

I was surrounded by some amazing Disability Advocates in the community and great friends. We discussed the concept of technological accessibility and a lot of the issues facing many of us with a range of disabilities.

It was such an honor and a really big discussion for me to be a part of.

It’s so important for each of us with disabilities to get our voices out there and offer different perspectives to push corporations to change the way they think about creating their products, and how they affect our global community at large!

The Rise of Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Technological, societal, and environmental shifts are reshaping how many companies engage with people, customers, and communities.  This is paving the way for systemic change in how we include underrepresented communities in the employment world.

Over the last several months I’ve been pondering and am now actively pursuing a new professional career in the world of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  This is not a new emerging field within organizations, but over the last several years it is fast becoming an ever more critical area for organizations, corporations, and stakeholders around the world to focus on.  More specifically, in light of today’s societal changes we need to strive to incorporate a more diverse and equitable culture for women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and the disability community. 

By recognizing the unique challenges faced by leaders with disabilities, organizations can build more comprehensive diversity policies to create an inclusive environment for all employees. Historically, executive level leaders have felt the need to be seen as superhuman in order to survive, a culture that has resulted in displaying one of invincibility and infallibility. This needs to change because once higher level corporate executives realize a disability is not a disadvantage in the corporate culture, the entire corporate structure, from the top down, will make way for real systemic change.

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