Monday 22 January 2018

Legally blind campaigner launches campaign asking businesses to recognise the value of disabled people

Caroline Casey is greeted at the One Young World summit by summit co-founder David Jones
Caroline Casey is greeted at the One Young World summit by summit co-founder David Jones

Legally blind campaigner and activist Caroline Casey has completed a 1000-km horseback trip across Colombia to launch a new campaign asking businesses to recognise the value of people living with a disability.

Casey arrived at the final destination on her trek – the One Young World summit – in Bogota in the early hours of this morning.

The campaign is supported by a number of high profile business figures including LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman and Facebook VP for Europe, Middle East and Africa Nicola Mendelsohn.

The campaign – entitled "#valuable" is asking businesses to put people with disabilities on their boardroom agendas. It’s also seeking to identify the next high profile business leaders who will lead the charge for the one billion people living with disabilities worldwide.

Since its launch on the 21 August, the campaign has reached almost 25 million people on social media.

Tomorrow Casey will make a speech at the summit, where she will call on the 1500 young leaders present to start a global conversation about a world where everyone is valued equally.

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