Irish Fellow Leads Talks on Disabilities and Unemployment

Caroline Casey, ’07, Ireland, spoke at the Global Competitiveness Forum 2011 in Riyadh. Discussions included global challenges for unemployment, firms’ innovations in different areas of the globe in employment practices, jobless claims figures for 2011. Casey spoke about the disability business case and the as of yet untapped disability market.

In a separate project, Casey’s organization, Kanchi, is teaming up with Telefónica SA to lead a world-first global business movement for 100% inclusion of people with disabilities by promoting the disability business case on a global scale while establishing best practice for the employment and inclusion of people with disabilities within business. This will launch in five countries in the next five years. The first of the five international Telefónica Ability Awards took place in Madrid earlier this week at the Telefónica Spanish Ability Awards, in the presence of HM The Queen of Spain. Although the other countries have not yet been selected, initial discussions have identified opportunities within Europe and Latin America in particular.