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Technology for Inclusion: Using Communications Technology to boost DEI for People with Disabilities

Matt Cherry May 28, 2021

For the one in four people who experience a disability, technology can help them connect, communicate, and collaborate in new ways. Yet for people whose disability includes communications challenges, technology often creates new barriers that deepen their disconnect.

The global pandemic compounded this digital divide. It revealed the potential for technology to include more people in education and the workplace, including those with disabilities that limit their mobility. But, in practice, the pandemic pushed many people further into the digital dark. Education, work, and support services rushed to move online as quickly as possible, often leaving behind people with communication challenges. 

The need for a renewed focus on inclusion for people with disabilities has never been more urgent. 

This panel will bring together self-advocates and technology leaders to share solutions that are available now to deepen and broaden digital inclusion. It will also explore emerging technologies that could transform opportunities for those with more severe communications challenges.



Meta Themes

  • Equity & Inclusion


Digital Inclusivity, Equity and Inclusivity, Social Impact Investing, Global Health

Purpose and Desired Outcome

The purpose of the panel is to highlight the continued structural exclusion of people with disabilities from the workplace and society, sharing how the global pandemic deepened existing inequities while also showing that far greater inclusion is within reach. The desired outcomes include: providing organizations with practical steps they can take to improve inclusion of people with disabilities, especially communications challenges; and connecting practitioners working on emerging opportunities for integration and inclusion of people with disabilities.


  • Allocators (Family Offices, HNW Individuals, Foundations)

  • Corporate & SME

  • Academia

  • Service Providers

  • Entrepreneurs

  • Government


  • NameAndreas Forsland
  • TitleCEO
  • OrganizationCognixion
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTom Gruber
  • TitleFounder
  • OrganizationSiri
  • StatusConfirmed
  • NameTim Jin
  • TitleChair
  • OrganizationAbility Central
  • StatusConfirmed
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