More than a decade ago, when Jenny Lay-Flurrie was looking for a job, she told an interviewer at Microsoft that she had some trouble hearing.
"I didn't tell them I was profoundly deaf," Lay-Flurrie tells USA TODAY through an American Sign Language interpreter. "It was Microsoft that educated me. They helped me realize that my disability is a strength that makes the company better."
Thirteen years later, Lay-Flurrie is the chief accessibility officer for Microsoft.
A first-of-its-kind study published by the Center for Talent Innovation (CTI) in partnership with US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) finds that far more people than expected have a disability: In the U.S., 30 percent of college-educated employees working full-time in white-collar professions. CTI's report Disabilities and Inclusion has uncovered that employees with disabilities make up an enormous global talent pool that employers overlook far too often- to their own detriment.Read More
JW Marriot Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4040 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando, Florida
USBLN is excited to announce that registration is now open for our 20th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo entitled, "Disability: A Catalyst for Innovation." The conference will be held at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes August 21-24, 2017.More Details
U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC
This event will bring together businesses to discuss the importance of disability inclusion in their workforce, marketplace and supply chain. Companies will share best practices on accessibility, supplier diversity and government regulations related to hiring people with disabilities outside the U.S.More Details