Why businesses should care about inclusive design
Businesses that will thrive in the economy of tomorrow recognize that meeting the needs of diverse populations is key to their business model today. But an often underrecognized group is those with disabilities. In fact, providing increased access to technologies that meet the needs of persons with disabilities lays the foundation for inclusive work cultures that enable these employees to thrive—presenting a tremendous opportunity.
Consider this: There are approximately 20 million individuals with disabilities in the United States, representing US$490 billion in disposable income. Globally, these figures jump to 1 billion individuals with disabilities with US$8 trillion in disposable income, making them the 3rd largest economic power in the world above Japan, Germany, and the United Kingdom.
It pays to be inclusive. Leaders in disability employment and inclusion outperformed their peers in the following ways:
Inclusion at Accenture
Persons with disabilities across Accenture provide invaluable insights for innovation. Here are a couple of stories about how individuals are bringing the Accessibility Advantage to life inside our team:
Take action: Implementing accessibility and inclusive design practices
Consider the following building blocks as you transform your organization’s inclusivity practices.