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Rethinking Disabilities with Meg O'Connell

There is an overlooked diversity segment in the corporate landscape, and it’s pretty big.


In this episode of the Beauty of Conflict, Susan and CrisMarie interview the founder and CEO of Global Disability Inclusion, Meg O’Connell, who talks about disability inclusion in workplaces and society, with only 5% of companies focusing on it as a diversity segment despite its significance. The definition of disability has evolved to encompass many conditions, including unseen ones, emphasizing the need for universal design and accessibility measures. Meg highlights the importance of asking people about the support they need and the consequent necessary accommodations in workplaces, educational settings, and any other place that seeks to be truly inclusive. She also discusses the benefits of remote work for individuals with disabilities and the significance of representation and leadership.


Tune in and learn more about improving workplaces with disability awareness!


About Meg O'Connell

Global Disability Inclusion was founded by award-winning disability inclusion expert Meg O’Connell. Meg has worked with some of the world's top brands across a variety of industries and has been implementing and leading disability inclusion efforts for large organizations since the mid-'90s.


Currently, she is the CEO and Disability Inclusion Expert at Global Disability Inclusion, LLC, and boasts an impressive career dedicated to transforming workplaces into inclusive and accessible environments for individuals with disabilities. With an extensive background spanning over three decades in talent management, Meg brings a profound comprehension of the intersection between disability inclusion's business advantages and societal contributions, evident across all organizational domains—from the workforce to the marketplace.


She is an experienced Human Resource professional focused on developing talent management strategies, customer solutions, employee engagement, and corporate marketing/branding campaigns, all geared towards including people with disabilities.


Meg was diagnosed with Epilepsy at the age of 13 and has lived experience as a person with a non-apparent disability in corporations.


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Key Take-Aways

  • Why disability is overlooked in corporations.

  • How the understanding of disability has evolved.

  • What are some challenges for people with disabilities in remote work and education.

  • Why disability representation and leadership is important.

  • How to address disability biases and stereotypes.


Resources



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CrisMarie Campbell and Susan Clarke


Coaches, Business Consultants, Speakers and Authors of The Beauty of Conflict

CrisMarie and Susan work with leaders and teams, couples in business, and professional women.

They help dysfunctional turnaround teams into high-performing, cohesive teams who trust each other, deal with differences directly, and have clarity and alignment on their business strategy, so they create great results.


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