The Equity Talk: People with disabilities get hired less, make less money, and are often excluded from media. Here’s how one woman is leading the charge to fix that.
When Jill Houghton talks about people with disabilities, her eyes light up, her voice projects, and she flashes a smile that illustrates an appreciation for the work she does as the CEO of the global nonprofit Disability:IN.
But ask her about the state of the disability-rights movement in America, and her mood changes. Houghton is a person with dyslexia, the wife to a husband with a spinal injury, and the mother to a son with ADHD. When she speaks about the obstacles people with disabilities face, there’s a sense of anger and frustration in her voice.
“Disability is too often missing in the conversation,” she told Insider. “There’s a discomfort around it. There’s a ‘shh’ factor where nobody talks about it.”
In an Equity Talk, Houghton spoke about the barriers the disability-rights movement faced and how Disability:IN planned to break them down.