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The Case for Including the Disabled - with Denis Boudreau
Episode 337th November 2023 • Happy Space Podcast with Clare Kumar • Clare Kumar
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We have a declared global intent to be more inclusive of those with disabilities as expressed in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Despite being created in 2006 and with 183 countries on board, there is much work to do.

Furthering this work is my guest today, Denis Boudreau. Find out how Denis connected his own feelings of being marginalized as a young boy to empathy and compassion for the disabled community and why there is such a strong business case to create more inclusive organizations. He also shares his perspective on what is getting in the way of leaders from taking action and what to do about it.

Denis Boudreau has been bringing his talent to inclusive design in the online world since the early 2000s. Today he is a consultant, trainer, coach and speaker helping organizations create truly inclusive digital experiences for everyone, especially those who are marginalized. Denis founded Inklusiv Communication to work with leaders who want to develop inclusive communication skills online or from the stage, and remove barriers for the up to 40% of the population who struggle with technology.


00:03:06 What brought Denis to what he does now

00:06:10 Acts of compassion for others

00:15:08 UN Convention for Rights with People with Disabilities

00:21:53 Why businesses should consider the disabled

00:28:14 What is holding leaders back?

00:31:51 Asking others what they need to work best

00:37:33 Is it safe to speak up?

00:39:26 Navigating around our disabilities

00:42:35 Denis’ 15 Keys


For active links, visit

Ontario ADA

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act

The Americans with Disabilities Act

Accessible Canada Act

How Can a Watermark be a Human Rights Issue?

Happy Space Work Style Profile

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Unlock your 15 keys to a diverse and empowered workplace

The Inclusive Speaker: How to Truly Connect With All of Your Audience Without Leaving Anyone Behind

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A blind person using a computer - credit

Colorblind test - credit

Police car chase - credit

Map of Quebec - credit

#weare22percent - credit Clare Kumar

Group of disabled people - credit

Someone in a wheelchair grocery shopping - credit

Someone talking to HR - credit

ASK Model - credit

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Highly sensitive executive coach and productivity catalyst, Clare Kumar, explores the intersection of productivity and inclusivity continually asking how can we invite the richest contribution from all. She coaches individuals in sidestepping burnout and cultivating sustainable performance, and inspires leaders to design inclusive performance thereby inviting teams to reach their full potential. As a speaker, Clare mic-drops “thought balms” in keynotes and workshops, whether virtual or in-person. She invites connection through her online community committed to designing sustainable and inclusive performance, the Happy Space Pod. Why? Because everyone deserves a Happy Space.

Believing that productivity is personal, the podcast is produced in a variety of formats so you can enjoy it in the medium you prefer:

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And don't forget, everyone (including YOU) deserves a Happy Space. 😊


Audio and Video Editing by To Be Reel

Production Assistant by Luis Rodriguez

Song Credit: Cali by WatR. from Pixabay




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