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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

'Valuable 500' sees inclusion of disabled as key for business

Social entrepreneur seizes chance to bring the issue off the 'sidelines'

For Japan, a disability inclusion has never been more important as it hosts Paralympic Games this summer. (Photo by Karina Nooka)

TOKYO -- Gender and race come up frequently in discussions of diversity in business. But what about disability? Roughly 1.3 billion people worldwide have a physical impairment, but despite that huge number, many disabled people face challenges reaching their full potential in the workplace.

Caroline Casey, an Irish social entrepreneur, aims to change that. Since last year she has led an initiative called "The Valuable 500." The goal is to get 500 CEOs from companies around the world to commit to creating leadership opportunities for disabled people in business.

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