Verizon Launches New Initiatives that Strives for Disability Inclusion
In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (May 20, 2020), the Verizon team unveiled plans that promote digital inclusion and access.
Having formed a partnership with industry leaders that include Allianz, EY, Google, P&G, Salesforce and Sony, Verizon will help develop programs that break down barriers for people with disabilities—giving them the access to technology that will allow them to thrive and participate fully in the digital world.
Efforts begin with Teach Access, a collaboration between education, industry, and disability advocacy organizations to enhance today’s students’ understanding of digital accessibility through a defined curriculum.
"I believe technology is key to unlocking a more inclusive and equitable future for people with disabilities," stated Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg. Verizon’s new Disability Advisory Board, which gathers leaders from a range of disability organizations focused on policy, education, and advocacy, will allow the company to lean deeper into the needs of customers and employees that have disabilities.
Additionally, Verizon employees are invited to support disability inclusion by joining ADVANCE, an employee resource group dedicated to creating a universally accessible workplace and world.
“By listening and learning from people with disabilities, we have an incredible opportunity and responsibility to ensure that no one is left behind,” the team says.