USBLN and Marriott International Team Up for Disability Innovation
Innovation Lab Tests Concepts for Guests with Disabilities
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 30, 2015) – Travel is a critical component for advancement in many careers. Individuals with disabilities often face obstacles that seem insignificant to most travelers. This was the catalyst for the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and Marriott International to partner together during a recent innovation design lab tour and feedback session. Held at Marriott’s innovation lab in Bethesda, Md., a group of business travelers and individuals met to discuss Marriott’s new accessibility ideas and experiences for travelers with disabilities.
“Marriott strives to create a welcoming experience for travelers with disabilities and we were excited to partner with them on this innovative and first-of-its-kind project,” said Jill Houghton, executive director, USBLN. “Marriott believes that hosting guests with disabilities starts with making a reservation, and recognizes the value of a business-tobusiness partnership in addressing issues and developing creative solutions for disability inclusion.”
Necessity Is The Mother of Invention
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Exploring Global Disability Employment Strategies
The USBLN Global Disability Employment Summit will be held on July 27th, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. Companies present will share best practices, and collaborate on ways to promote accessibility, supplier diversity and government regulations related to hiring people with disabilities outside the U.S.
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From the entertainment and fashion industry to the world of super heroes, technology is changing the landscape of disability. Advancements are pushing the boundaries, furthering the possibilities, and creating more accessible and inclusive opportunities. Here are five awesome examples we’ve seen recently:
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Driving Innovation Through Disability Inclusion
Throughout history, disability has driven innovation, leading to a wide-range of useful inventions. For example, though text messaging was originally meant as a communication tool for deaf people, we can all agree that it has since changed the way the entire world communicates.