Closing the Disability Wealth Gap
Disability is a natural part of being human.
Almost everyone will experience a disability in their lifetimes, whether they are born with a disability or acquire one through aging, illness, or injury. People with disabilities include people of all races, genders, and backgrounds.
People with disabilities include people who are blind, deaf, with physical, intellectual, or developmental disabilities, or mental health disabilities like PTSD, anxiety, or depression.
annual loss to Global GDP due to exclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace.
2. https://ncd.gov/sites/default/files/NCD_A%20Progress%20Report_508.pdf page 21
Right now, for the first time in history, there is a confluence of rising societal expectations of people with disabilities, epic technological innovation, and significant capital earmarked for DEI and building an inclusive economy, that makes this moment the ideal time to pursue this profoundly underserved billion+ person market.
Enable Ventures is confident that by supporting founders, companies, and solutions inclusive of the full range of human experience-- that is, leveraging disability as a disciplined approach to market-rate investment-- presents a multi-trillion dollar opportunity for the global economy.
Across history, disability has
served as a catalyst for landmark innovation
Invented typewriter for and with his blind friend who could not handwrite a letter.
Alexander Graham Bell
Deaf mother, father teacher for the deaf, hard-of-hearing wife, leading to interest in sound and acoustics.
American Foundation for the Blind
Developed by the blind as a mechanism to improve literacy of blind people.
First electric toothbrush was invented for people with limited dexterity.
Invented cochlear implant to help deaf persons hear.
Wanted to help a deaf man to order a pizza ahead of time.
Invented the Kurzweil Reading machine, working with the National Federation of the Blind, to convert printed materials to synthetic speech for the blind; in doing so, he created a CCD flatbed scanner, omni-OCR, and a full text-to-speech synthesizer.
Hard-of-hearing; driven by need for clear communication, invented the first file-sharing network that was the backbone of the Internet.