What do we mean by "Disability"?

Stanford Social Innovation Review is proud to present its first-ever global series of articles created in collaboration with its six local language partners—SSIR China, SSIR en Español, SSIR Japan, SSIR Korea, SSIR Brazil, and SSIR Arabia. The series, devoted to advancing equity, looks at inequities within the context of seven specific regions or countries, and the ways local innovators are working to balance the scales and foster greater inclusion across a range of issue areas.
As more and more boardrooms have sustainability at the top of their to do lists, Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), warns that if tackling inequality is not a key part of your plans, your sustainability efforts will fail, and your business will suffer.
The inequalities experienced in the world of work for women with disabilities (WWDs) are significant and need to be addressed. Employability data for WWDs are hard to obtain locally, and where data is available the labour market participation rate of WWDs is lower than that of the general population.
Poor treatement and downright discrimination against disabled people in the workplace are things we don’t ever want to go back to. David Grayson argues that businesses and society need a “reset” on disability, and hopes to see the sustainability-related business led networks becoming much more proactive in making the links between disability and the achievement of the SDGs.
Over half of young people think that humanity is doomed, according to a new climate change survey. Since I was born just over 50 years ago, global surface temperatures have risen faster than in any other 50-year period over the past 2,000 years. Clearly, my generation has a lot to answer for. What is one to do in the face of such dire challenges? For business, the message from employees, customers and their other stakeholders is clear: do something.
Digital jobs are opening up important new work opportunities for youth with disabilities in developing countries. The COVID‒19 pandemic has accelerated the expansion of jobs which offer flexibility, accommodations for disability and functional access for remote communities.
Covid-19 has disrupted lives all across the world, limiting our daily routines and mundane activities. For people living with disabilities (PWDs), the pandemic has multiplied their challenges and raised their vulnerability to existing conditions.
December 3rd was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. When businesses and governments and international development agencies and influencers are thinking about how to progress the SDGs, many of those SDGs will only be fulfilled if there is a far more joined up and proactive approach to involving disabled people.
As part of their series on lessons from the coronavirus pandemic, IIED look at how COVID-19 has increased gender inequality and the need to tackle multiple forms of disadvantage in the global South.