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Icons of Progress

The Accessible Workforce


Experts estimate that between 750 million and 1 billion people worldwide currently live with a mobility or sensory disability. IBMers are quick to point out that this group represents a huge and largely untapped resource—both as a talent pool and as consumers for accessible products and services.

As a group, IBMers with disabilities have had a powerful impact at the company throughout its history. Today, they contribute millions of dollars to IBM’s bottom line each year, and serve as key constituents in strengthening its culture of diversity and driving its accessibility initiatives. The impact flows both ways—many of IBM’s disabled employees speak passionately about how IBM has helped pave the way to their professional success.