In a world that’s increasingly embracing diversity, accessibility has become a pivotal word, and for good reason. Canadian Paralympian Joel Dembe asserts that “being accessible is essential when creating a strong and inclusive workplace and society. And it’s good business. It’s good business in so many ways – namely, it’s good for the bottom line.”
In a recent article by Stu McNish for The Sun, the focus is on the importance of accessibility and inclusivity. Jason Keck, CEO, and co-founder of Broker Buddha, further emphasizes the impact of diversity on a company’s success, stating that “diverse and inclusive companies are 35 per cent more likely to surpass their competitors.”
Joel Dembe goes on to highlight the correlation between workplace diversity and innovation, stating, “Companies with diverse workplaces are six times more likely to be innovative and anticipate choppy headwaters and then adapt to meet new opportunities.” This underlines the fact that embracing diversity isn’t just a moral imperative but a strategic advantage in navigating the complexities of today’s business landscape.
The conversation also delves into the staggering statistics provided by the web accessibility platform AudioEye, revealing that more than 1.3 billion people—equivalent to one in six people—live with some form of disability. Joel Dembe urges business leaders to view disability not as a challenge but as an economic opportunity.
The call to action is clear: remove barriers. By doing so, businesses can tap into a vast pool of talent and creativity that exists beyond traditional boundaries. Accessibility isn’t just about ramps and elevators; it’s about creating a world where everyone, regardless of their abilities, can thrive.
Joel Dembe a tennis champion and RBC senior manager of communications, is set to join a “Conversation That Matters” about removing barriers. This dialogue serves as a reminder that fostering accessibility is not just a one-time effort but an ongoing commitment to building a more inclusive tomorrow.
At an upcoming event, “Conversations Live – A Vancouver Sun Town Hall: Workplace Accessibility” on October 10, there’s an opportunity for individuals, businesses, and communities to come together, learn, and actively participate in the journey toward a more accessible and inclusive future.
In the end, it’s not just about breaking down physical barriers but also dismantling societal misconceptions. Accessibility isn’t merely a checkbox on a to-do list; it’s a mindset that propels us towards a future where everyone has an equal opportunity to shine. After all, when we remove barriers, we create bridges to a brighter and more harmonious world.