Reed Smith Client Alerts

Today is International Day of Persons with Disabilities (read more at un.org), celebrated and marked by #PurpleLightUp (read more at purplespace.org), a global movement to draw attention to the economic empowerment of people with disabilities.

Authors: Carolyn E. Pepper Jonathan Radcliffe

Around 20 percent of working age adults have a disability, but many of those who are able to work, are not able to find employment.

At Reed Smith, disability is an essential pillar of our diversity and inclusion program. Our dedicated business inclusion group, LEADRS, and its newly launched Mental Health Task Force are committed to leading the way in the recruitment, retention and career development of people with disabilities in law firms, alongside the firm’s Wellness Works Initiative, which supports mental health and well-being here at Reed Smith.

We are delighted that today we have joined the Valuable 500 (read more at thevaluable500.com), a group of companies and leaders who have committed to putting disability inclusion on their business leadership agenda. We will be lighting up our London office in purple and holding events across our global offices to mark this important day.

You can find out more about what our Reed Smith colleagues have to say about disability inclusion in their powerful and personal stories at youtube.com.

Our disability Business Inclusion Group, LEADRS (Looking for Excellence and Advancement of persons with Disabilities at Reed Smith), supports and enhances the professional and personal development of individuals with all types of disabilities – physical, mental, visible and non-visible, permanent and temporary. LEADRS was inspired by the 2012 London Paralympics, and its growing membership now includes attorneys and administrative staff, with and without disabilities, from around the globe. Reed Smith is proud to be a disability-smart organization, and we are determined to be the law firm of choice for candidates with disabilities. Reed Smith is proud to be a disability-smart organization, and we are determined to be the law firm of choice for candidates with disabilities.

 

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