International Day of Persons with Disability 2019: The future is accessible

This International Day of Persons with Disability, we want people to remember that there is no single definition of what it means to ‘contribute’

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We’re committed to building a culture of inclusion – focused on ability rather than disability – in which restrictive perceptions are challenged and capability always comes first.

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities, which aims to promote the rights and wellbeing of people with disabilities, as well as increasing disability awareness in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.

Disabilities can be visible or invisible. They tend to be perceived simply as challenges to be overcome, but they can make people even better at what they do. There is no single definition of what ‘contributing’ means, because everyone is different and has something unique to bring to the table.

The future is accessible, so we’re playing our part in creating a world where barriers no longer exist and all forms of diversity are truly embraced. In Taiwan, for example, we’ve made improvements to mobile banking facilities for visually impaired customers, and we are making an active drive to recruit and support neurodiverse talent in the US.

Our goal is to become a ‘disability confident’ organisation, in which everyone can fully unlock their strengths, views and experiences to positively impact our clients, colleagues and communities. That’s why we’ve signed up to The Valuable 500 and the International Labour Organisation’s Global Business and Disability Network.

It’s our collective responsibility to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to succeed and excel. This means educating ourselves, broadening our awareness of disability and promoting inclusive practices at every level.

To support organisations in identifying best practice, we have launched our Disability Confident toolkit to provide practical guidance to advance towards disability inclusion.