Every individual can make a difference with his/her skills

10 May 2016

As the original texts are written in Turkish, English translation is provided for non-Turkish readers. The author apologizes in advance for any and all possible changes and losses in meaning due to translation.

The week of May 10-16 is acknowledged as Disabled People Week around the world. I believe that this week is an important opportunity to work on awareness-raising practices. Our responsibility as a company that adopts diversity as one of its most important values should be to extend this awareness throughout our lives and continue to undertake individual and institutional efforts to make sure that people with disabilities are included in every aspect of life. One of our successful initiatives in this regard is “The Wind and The Fisherman” book, prepared with the contribution of our Wind Power and Renewables Department. The online version of this book is prepared for visually and hearing-impaired individuals and thus continues to reach many children in Turkey and raise awareness. (You can reach the online version of “The Wind and the Fisherman” at: http://www.ruzgarvebalikci.com/en/)

According to the UN data, there are about 500 million disabled people globally. The Turkish Statistical Institute states that 12.29% of the population have disabilities. Congenital or acquired disabilities certainly affect the lives of individuals, but it is our responsibility to encourage those individuals to participate in social life. I wholeheartedly believe that every individual can make a difference with his/her owned skills and these differences add value to both individuals and societies in the form of new solutions and new perspectives.

Therefore, I would like to remind everyone once again of our responsibility and I would like to thank all of our disabled colleagues at Siemens for their valuable contributions to our company.

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