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t's often been said that with every dark cloud, there's a silver lining. There may not be many upsides to the pandemic, but here's one that we hope is here to stay - unprecedented accessi- bility. When the world went into lockdown, virtually anything you could need or want became accessible online - from company meetings and college classes to doctor's appointments and job interviews. This not only gave people with disabilities access in a way they never had be- fore - it also shed new light on the importance of fostering an inclusive and accessible work- place - and life - for everyone. But accessibility is more than just about providing wheelchair ramps, braille signage or assistive technology. There's an attitudinal component; a genuine willingness to be open both mjufsbmmz!boe!hvsbujwfmz!up!BMM!rvbmjfe!joejwjevbmt/!Po!uif!puifs!tjef-!xf!vshf!uiptf!xjui!ejt- abilities to speak up and go after what you want - and never be afraid to seize your opportunity, as our latest cover, actor and CP advocate RJ Mitte, can attest. He jumped at the chance to play the role of Junior, the sweet, sarcastic son of chemistry- teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White in the hit TV series, "Breaking Bad." While Mitte himself has had his share of medical and social challenges along the way, it's his belief that, "if zpv!ibwf!b!ejtbcjmjuz-!zpv!ibwf!bo!bttfu/!Zpvsf!dpnjoh!gspn!b!ejggfsfou!ivnbo!dpoejujpo/!Boe! whether you're 19 or 45, you can still set out and do what you wanted to do." Turn to more on Njuuf!boe!ijt!qmbo!gps!b!Cbe!tfrvfm!po!qbhf!87/ Fnqmpzfst!xip!nblf!uif!xpsl!xpsl!po!cpui!tjeft!bsf!uif!poft!uibu!uisjwf"!Mfbso!ipx! up!cftu!up!sfubjo!fnqmpzfft!xjui!ejtbcjmjujft!po!qbhf!23/!Boe!xiz!jt!nbljoh!zpvs!dpnqbozt! website accessible so important? Find out on page 50. If you're a job seeker, learn which states have the most competitive jobs right now (page 32) and how to make your cover letter stand pvu!)qbhf!47*/!Nbzcf!zpvwf!ejtdpwfsfe!zpv!mpwf!xpsljoh!gspn!ipnf!!tff!ipx!up!cftu!ofhpuj- ate doing so permanently on page 40. Jut!b!gbmmbdz!uibu!pomz!qfpqmf!xjui!ejtbcjmjujft!cfofu!gspn!bddfttjcmf!xpslqmbdft!!xf!bmm!ep/! Inclusion inspires innovation and increases value. By drawing on a wider pool of talent, you will not only advance your company's goals and expand your customer base - but your bottom line as well.
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