“It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop.” —Confucius
I quietly repeat the words of Confucius on days when my legs are weak and the going gets slow—to remind me that regardless of my speed, it’s just important that I get there. Today, on International Day of Persons with Disabilities, I join thousands of others to bring light to those of us with life challenges. Some may have lost their sight, others may be unable to speak or are wheelchair bound. But many are capable and enriching communities and businesses throughout the world.
Having any sort of disability doesn’t mean you can’t contribute, it just means there’s an extra ‘rock’ in your backpack. Having successfully come through not one, but two back surgeries, has added walking difficulties to my life (my rocks). However, my Rio Tinto team values my contributions. I am a part of the California Senior Leadership Team. I am accepted, heard, and appreciated. They do not see my disability. They see only my ability.
As a member of our Inclusion Council, it is my honor to share that we are planning for an ADA upgrade at our Visitor Center. A new ramped, concrete path will safely give easy access to the mine’s edge. Braille plaques will be added to help tell our story to those who are visually impaired. Small changes maybe, but big changes for those struggling to keep up.