Disabilities to Diverse Abilities

How EY is Educating Their People About Mental Illness and Addiction 

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According to SAMHSA, “an estimated 43.6 million (18.1 percent) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness. In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4 percent) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder.” Low expectations and misconceptions are critical barriers to employment for people with disabilities. At the same time business-to-business communication about profitability and success is the best way to break down these barriers. EY, a top company that scored a 100 on the AAPD/USBLN Disability Equality Index (DEI), is taking the initiative to eliminate stigma in the office and provide a model of inclusion to other businesses. Learn about the work EY is doing to address stigma in the business world.

Featuring Lori B. Golden, Abilities Strategy Leader, Americas Talent Team,  Ernst & Young, LLP 

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Lori Golden

Lori Golden is Ernst & Young’s Abilities Strategy leader, driving efforts to build an enabling and inclusive work environment for people of all abilities. She consults on accommodations and career development issues for EY people working with differing abilities, and advises the firm’s AccessAbilities professional resource network, which includes several hundred people from across the organization’s geographies, ranks and functional groups, and the Abilities Champions network of leaders who advocate for abilities inclusiveness within their respective geographies and functional groups. Lori leads initiatives to enhance ergonomics and accessibility in Ernst & Young offices, communications, meetings, trainings and technology and to educate Ernst & Young people on abilities related issues. Lori is a member of the US Department of Labor’s Circle of Champions, and serves on the Boards of Directors of the US Business Leadership Network, the largest employer-led disabilities organization, and TransCen, a non-profit helping young people with disabilities transition from school to competitive employment. She’s been with Ernst & Young 15 years and is a graduate of Harvard University.

Special thanks to JP Morgan Chase for making this webinar with live captioning available for free.

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