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[Tuning In] Tiffany Yu on empowering people with disabilities in the workplace

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Tiffany talks about reducing bias in the hiring process and how companies can better support people with disabilities.

Tiffany Yu is the CEO & Founder of Diversability, the Founder of the Awesome Foundation Disability Chapter, and the host of TIFFANY & YU. She also serves on the San Francisco Mayor’s Disability Council. Tiffany was also was a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum Sustainable Development Impact Summit in 2020. She aims to increase intersectional disability representation and democratize visibility.

The interview has been edited for brevity and clarity.

KrASIA (KR): When it comes to people with disabilities and employment, how have things changed over the years?

Tiffany Yu (TY): Back in the day, it was always about social good or the moral cause for hiring disabled people. In most companies, this would sit under a ‘corporate social responsibility’ category. I’m heartened to know that today, there is actually a business case for hiring disabled people.

I’ve seen an Accenture report highlighting the benefits of disability employment with real numbers. For companies that did prioritize disability inclusion, employment, and support, they had 28% higher revenue and even double the net income. So now we have the data to prove that it will make a positive impact on your bottom line. It’s a small but good start.

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