Get to know Chad Jerdee
Disability:IN Conference Chair &
Accenture’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer
Why are you passionate about disability inclusion?
As an amputee, I know what it feels like to be different and have people make assumptions about what I can and can’t do.
Disability inclusion is about overcoming those assumptions and creating a workplace where every individual can bring their unique talents, build meaningful careers, and contribute to a better workplace and world.
While I do believe we need to focus on inclusion for people with disabilities, I also think we need to look beyond labels. What is a disability? Truly, every person faces adversity at some point in their lives. The idea that some receive a full package of “abilities” and that the world is divided neatly between the “abled” and “disabled” is misdirected.
Our focus should be how we adapt, overcome…and then utilize our individual gifts. Becoming disabled, for me, involved a lot of suffering. I spent a month in the hospital, endured many surgeries, battled infections, and spent a full year healing and learning how to work, walk, ski, bike, and do all the other things I love to do.
Looking back, I am so grateful for what I experienced. I wouldn’t change a thing. It showed me the good in others. It made me more durable and more thankful. It gave me the opportunity to be a role model for my children. And it made me a more compassionate leader. So, am I disabled or enabled?
Check out our Disability:IN Conference Track Chairs, including Technology Chair Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Chief Accessibility Officer at Microsoft.
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US institutional investors push companies to hire people with disabilities
US investors representing more than $1trn in assets, led by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, have called on companies to create “inclusive workplaces” that benefit from the skills people with disabilities, who remain underrepresented in the workforce. Signatories to the statement included New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, […]
Corporate America Urged To Increase Disability Hiring
A group of investors with over $1 trillion in assets is looking to use its clout to pressure companies into hiring more people with disabilities. With a joint statement issued this week, the group led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read is urging businesses they’re invested in to […]
Chief Investment Officer: Institutional Investors Call for Workplace Disability Inclusion
Companies that embrace disability inclusion in the workplace benefit from increased innovation as well as profitability,” said Read in a statement. “We are asking the companies we invest in to adopt policies to improve the representation of people with disabilities in their workforce and continue to identify opportunities for improvement. Read the full article HERE.