Special Olympics CEO Mary Davis was recently interviewed for a Macau Daily Times article titled “Special Olympics Global Chief: First-Hand Experience Promotes Hiring People with Disabilities.” The following is an excerpt.
Davis cited communication as the key.
“I would first ask them to invite our athletes to meet and speak to other employees at the company, so everybody can see the values that [the athletes] will bring [to the company],” Davis said. “[The company] can see their joy, passion and enthusiasm that are comparable to other people’s.”
Athletes will also have the chance to share their first-hand knowledge and experience with the company, so that the company can better understand their qualities. In Davis’s experience, employers have spoken highly about the values that Special Olympics athletes have brought to their companies.