Last month we took time to highlight What We Love About Our Veteran Suppliers. This holiday season, and in honor of the International Day of Persons With Disabilities, we wanted to highlight the disabled suppliers we have the privilege to work with. We’re excited to share some qualities that we love about our disabled suppliers!
It’s no secret that disabled people face barriers each day. Overcoming challenges is a part of life when you’re living with a disability, whether its visible or invisible. When there are hurdles all around persistence, passion, and bouncebackability are the key to success!
What do you get when passion meets challenge? Innovation! When you live outside the box, you think outside the box. Unique perspectives and experiences become products and services that meet overlooked needs, and that means more access and better business for everyone.
With unique needs and perspectives comes understanding. That means patience and flexibility. By living with limits and finding ways around them disabled suppliers are always looking inward and outward. With reflection and compassion comes growth and achievement. This makes for excellent leadership!
Knowing your limits means understanding that others have them too. Our suppliers have the humility to admit when they need support and the empathy to support others. By highlighting strengths and providing support, disabled-owned businesses reach goals and build better businesses.
Persistence, dedication, understanding, flexibility, and self-awareness. All these things and more are backed by a can-do attitude. Our suppliers are always ready to take on new challenges thanks to the versatility, capability, and adaptability that comes from a life lived with disability. Disabled entrepreneurs lead projects, build communities, and deliver on promises thanks to their positivity and drive.
Lastly, there’s no better way to say it: Disabled people know how to laugh. When we work together with our suppliers we’re surrounded by humour, compassion, forgiveness, and respect. It’s community first and business second every time we connect and we wouldn’t have it any other way!
That’s just a piece of what we love about our disabled suppliers. We’d tell you more, but it wouldn’t fit in one blog! Want to support supplier diversity? We’d love to hear from you, and there are lots of ways to make your workplaces more accessible for folks with visible and invisible disabilities. If you’re a disabled entrepreneur we hope you’ll connect with us, and bring your own unique experience to our community in 2023. We can’t wait to meet you.