What started in 2006 with the purpose of promoting the rights and advancement of persons with disabilities within a broad mandate has now, 15+ years later, impacted the lives of millions in regards to equality and equity. The U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and its accompanying Optional Protocol was the first comprehensive human rights treaty of the 21st century and is the first human rights convention to be open for signature by regional integration organizations. It has enabled individuals and businesses across the world to better understand the disability community and culture and make actionable steps towards access for all. 

In December 2021, in recognition of the 2021 International Day of Persons with Disabilities and the 15th anniversary of the CRPD, Inclusively and FrancesWestCo led a dynamic conversation on disability inclusion, digital accessibility and how employing people with disabilities drives disruptive innovation and brand differentiation. The conversation covers a broad range of topics including:

  • The companies and leaders that the CRPD has influenced and empowered. You’ll learn how the initiative has affected the private and public sector. 
  • How the CRPD has elevated leaders in business and how it has made an impact in large corporate settings as well as small startups. 
  • The projects that were put into motion when the CRPD was put into place along with personal triumphs and journeys in relation to the CRPD.

The paradigm has shifted since 2006.

During the conversation, the panelists answer questions from the audience around what’s next when it comes to investing in and funding accessibility and inclusion opportunities in and beyond the workplace. They share details and predictions around how more donors can get involved in projects that are disability inclusive. 

Later, the panelists address how the pandemic has affected the disability community. COVID-19 has shown a light on groups who are most vulnerable to sickness and financial problems in society. This may be the perfect time to initiate negotiations and demonstrations for inclusion and access. 

If you’re interested in hearing more audience questions that came up and the expert forecasting from the panelists, fill out our form above to get access to the full webinar.

Like many other leaders of tech startups, Inclusively’s Co-Founder and CEO Charlotte Dales created Inclusively to harness the power of technology to bridge an existing societal and economic gap. Inclusively is a workforce inclusion partner that utilizes our proprietary platform, training and processes to unlock the value of previously screened out talent.

During the webinar, Charlotte explains how the CRPD has elevated awareness around issues that impact people with disabilities, versus focusing only on legal rights.  With the resources and support of the CRPD, Charlotte was able to tap into a rich ecosystem of support, training and advocacy organizations.

Now, Charlotte and the team at Inclusively connect skilled candidates with disabilities to employers via our workforce inclusion platform. “We’re creating and improving career pathways for people with disabilities,” Charlotte says.