Disabilities Becoming Super Abilities

Human Potential


Decoding AQ with Ross Thornley Feat. Debra Ruh - Ruh Global IMPACT

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Debra is CEO of Ruh Global IMPACT and Executive Chair at Billion Strong - an identity and empowerment organization designed to bring the billions of voices of persons with disabilities together. She is founder of 4 social enterprises, author of 3 books, works with inclusion branding,  helps find your voice by using Social Media.

Debra also helps uncovering Hidden Human Capital: How leading corporations leverage multiple abilities in their workforce.

Expertise includes:

• Global Disability Inclusion Strategist
• WomenInTech Taskforce - USA lead
• ICT Accessibility Consultant
• US Partner for Valuable500
• Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
• Gender Equity
• Digital Inclusion
• Impact Investing
• Keynote Speaker w/ Sara Ruh (Down syndrome)

Ross and Debra talk about Down syndrome, disabilities, perspectives, being on the spectrum, lived experiences, dealing with loss, invisible disabilities, sustainable development, problem solving and being vulnerable.  The pair also discuss keeping talent, humanising work, effective working, unlearning, youth going into work,  training differently, failure, joy in uncertainty, challenges, changing the world, innovation, death and philosophy.


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  • 00:25 Intro to Debra
  • 01:06 Debra's first social enterprise
  • 03:20 Changing peoples thoughts
  • 07:23 Disabilities becoming super abilities
  • 13:52 Including everyone in everything
  • 19:24 Human potential
  • 25:06 Supporting an inclusive planet in a grander scale
  • 31:21 What else would Debra share
  • 38:46 The last time Debra did something for the first time

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