Disability and Inclusive Education

Students writing at desks in classroom; one is using a wheelchair.

For the 93 million children with disabilities across the globe, access to quality education is often difficult or nonexistent. Consequently, those with disabilities are at a distinct economic and social disadvantage to their peers as they are unable to develop their skills and talents through inclusive education and advance their employment opportunities.

Inclusive education and inclusive employment pathways are frequently undervalued and misunderstood, perpetuating the gap in opportunity and further marginalizing millions of young people that are ready to contribute their unique and valuable skill sets to participate in their communities, improve their societies, and grow their economies.

The challenges that people with disabilities face in both education and employment, however, are not insurmountable. The business sector has a tremendous opportunity to be active changemakers in supporting educational and economic opportunity for people with disabilities while at the same time improving business and social impact.

Disability and Inclusion Task Force

The Global Business Coalition for Education’s Disability and Inclusion Task Force seeks the advice and guidance of leaders in business, education, disability, and inclusion to:

  1. Develop recommendations for businesses
  2. Promote the dissemination of the recommendations
  3. Encourage the business community to take action

The initial members of the task force include:

  • David Boutcher, Partner, Reed Smith
  • Joyce Cook, General Secretary, FIFA Foundation
  • Sara Basson, Chief Accessibility Evangelist, Google
  • Nasser Siabi, CEO, Microlink
  • Joyce Malombe, Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Nafisa Baboo, Senior Director, Light for the World
  • Danielle Brown, Paralympian, United Kingdom
  • Vibhu Sharma, Disability and Inclusion Researcher, Theirworld

Action Areas

Support for public education

Cultivating business leaders as advocates for strong and inclusive public school systems.

Corporate policy

Promoting inclusive hiring practices, support and training for employees with disabilities and promote culture of understanding among non-disabled employees working with their disabled peers.

Assistive technology

Integrating technologies to facilitate learning in the classroom and improve the ability to hire, accommodate and actively engage employees with disabilities.

Training programs

Creating employment opportunities and pathways of opportunity for people with disabilities.