Disability Friendly: How to Move from Clueless to Inclusive

by John D. Kemp, Lakeshore Foundation President/CEO

About the Book

Disability Friendly is a brilliant blueprint for disability inclusion that guides and emboldens us to drive change for the benefit of all. No one brings more credibility and insight to this subject than Kemp. He provides a compelling rationale for inclusion including tried-and-true tools to transform any organizational culture to be inclusive of people with disabilities.”
—CARI M. DOMINGUEZ, Corporate Director and Chair, NACD Center for Inclusive Governance; Former Chair, U.S. EEOC

The book cover of Disability Friendly How to Move from Clueless to InclusiveAlthough progress has been made around equality for many marginalized groups, people with disabilities are still massively underrepresented in organizations’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts. People with disabilities make up at least 15% of the world’s population yet are still too often overlooked. People with disabilities are highly motivated, create fantastic work, and add tremendous value to organizations.

Disability Friendly: How to Move from Clueless to Inclusive is a call to action for businesses around the world to realize the opportunities presented by employing people with disabilities. It explains the potential of disabled employees, how to create a culture of inclusion, and, in the process, help people with disabilities become proud contributors.

In this book, you’ll find:

  • Concrete strategies for redesigning work and its processes to embrace all contributing citizens
  • Ways to incorporate disability supports into a business’ diversity and inclusion practices and initiatives
  • Methods for reducing the massive cost associated with government disability support payments and repurpose these as investments in the human potential of people with disabilities

Ideal for executives, managers, and other business leaders, Disability Friendly will also earn a place in the libraries of DEI and Human Resources professionals seeking to make an impact on their company and on behalf of a marginalized group.

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About the Author

Headshot of John D. KempJohn D. Kemp, Esq., is a widely respected leader for his many achievements in the corporate and nonprofit world, as well as his leadership in the disability movement. John, a person with a disability, co-founded the American Association of People with Disabilities. He currently serves as President & CEO of Lakeshore Foundation, an internationally recognized organization providing opportunities for individuals with physical disability to lead healthy, active lives through physical activity, sports, research, and advocacy. In addition, Mr. Kemp chairs Delta Air Lines’ Advisory Board on Disability and serves on numerous boards.

A renowned global speaker, John inspires others to achieve greatness through knowledge, experience, vision, and persistence. Among his many honors, two of the most meaningful to John are the Henry B. Betts Award, regarded as America’s highest honor for disability leadership and service, and the Dole Leadership Prize. The Dole award’s recipients include Nelson Mandela and two former U.S. Presidents.


Praise for Disability Friendly

“I applaud my friend and mentor John Kemp for inspiring further inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace. We know that when people view their disability as a strength, they can bring their authentic selves to work, which improves productivity, fosters innovation, and drives financial success.”
—JILL D. HOUGHTON, President and CEO, Disability:In

“John is visionary, pragmatic, and charming and has had a phenomenal impact on our movement for decades. I am grateful for this book and for the generosity, passion, and value that John brings to the global effort to make disability inclusion more of an expected business competence.”
—ANDY IMPARATO, former President and CEO, American Association of People with Disabilities; Executive Director, Disability Rights California

“Based on his lived experiences, John Kemp provides a unique perspective for any organization committed to the inclusion of people with disabilities. He brings his deep expertise to provide a practical guide for leaders who see disability inclusion as a competitive advantage for the success of their organizations. Written with candor and clarity, Disability Friendly is a must-read, must-have book for any twenty-first century leader.”
—ROHINI ANAND, Former SVP Corporate Responsibility and Global Chief Diversity Officer, Sodexo; Board Member, Sanofi and Charter Communications DEI Advisory Boards