“Neurodiversity is important because if there were no differences in the way that people thought…new ideas would not be created.”
“No person is handicapped if he has the right job.”
Meet leaders focused on diversity of abilities at IBM.
16%of the world's population, more than 1 billion people, experience a significant disability today. Disability is part of being human and is integral to the human experience.¹
1:20people are neurodivergent. Neurological differences include autism, attention deficit hyperactivity, dyslexia and more.²
80%of disabilities are invisible³
We’re teaming with external organizations devoted to making a difference, leveraging research and offering resources to our employees.
IBM and IBMers stand with the Neurodiverse community and call for change to ensure equality.
Learn from established organizations about how to get involved and take action.
IBM hired blind psychologist Michael Supa to create a program for hiring and training people with disabilities.
Japanese IBM Fellow Chieko Asakawa, who is blind, opened the web for non-visual access with her IBM Home Page Reader, which converts text to speech and helps blind people navigate the web.
Establishment of the IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center within IBM Research. The 40-person organization leads compliance initiatives so IBM products comply with all government accessibility requirements; and works with clients and IBM ® Business Partners to help them implement end-to-end policies, processes and solutions for accessibility.