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Why disability is our business: how to make change happen – Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

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Joining Michael Hayman this week is campaigner for disability inclusion Caroline Casey. Remote working may be the new norm for many, but in this interview Caroline says that this is the way many people living with disabilities and mobility issues have had to live for decades. She questions why it took businesses so long to catch on, and shares an exciting vision for the future where work practices are built by and for disabled people, not to inhibit their potential.

Caroline Casey, Founder, The Valuable 500

Caroline Casey is an activist with a global call to action, who says if disability is not on your board agenda, then neither is diversity. With The Valuable 500, she put disability inclusion on the main-stage agenda at the World Economic Forum for the first time, and continues to call on 500 global corporations to recognise the social, economic and business value of the one billion people living with a disability.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

It was the Disney Film The Jungle Book that changed my life, but Emily Pine’s “Notes to Self” and Maya Angelou’s “Heart of a woman” led to a transformative moment at the beginning of this year for me.

What are you watching in lockdown?

The Godfather trilogy (first time!) and Normal People.

What is your lockdown soundtrack?

The soundtrack to Normal People and Carole King’s Tapestry are permanently played at the moment, with a lashing of super 80s tunes!

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Coming home; slowing down; going in. Becoming more gentle.

Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Anyone brave enough to truly be themselves at any cost

What is your best tip for life ?

You are defined by nothing. It’s not what you do, but who you are that matters most; you get a second chance every choice you make

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