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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The roundtable, which includes EY, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Microsoft, and SAP, published the “Autism @ Work Playbook,” a resource aimed at providing programmatic guidance for organizations looking to start their inclusive hiring journey.
CEO Start Guide to Disability Inclusion: 2019 Davos Resource
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PENSIONS AND INVESTMENTS: NYS Comptroller DiNapoli recommends the Disability Equality Index for disability inclusion reporting
Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York state comptroller and sole trustee of the $213.2 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund, Albany, called on 49 of the largest U.S. companies to report on their inclusion of people with disabilities across their enterprises.
NEW YORK TIMES: Hiring People With Disabilities Is Good Business
For years, companies have maintained low expectations about hiring people with disabilities. Most of these companies believed that employees with disabilities could not perform well in the workplace and that actively hiring them would drag company performance and profits down.
FORBES: How Business Leaders Are Introducing Disability Rights As A CSR Issue
“We are starting 2019 with a new effort to press corporate America to have clear policies on disability inclusion," said New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.