Debra Ruh

Chief Executive Officer and Founder

Debra Ruh
Debra Ruh

About Debra

Debra Ruh Received her call to action when she was told by so-called “experts” that her daughter, Sara, who was born with Down Syndrome, would be lucky to push shopping carts at the local grocery store when she grew up.

She refused to accept that reality.  Driven by her unshakeable faith in the power of human potential and the love for her daughter, Debra was determined to dedicate her life to create a path to empowerment and the success for those with disabilities.

When she told friends and family that she was going to start a for profit organization that would help companies see the worth and potential in hiring disabled employees, she was met with skepticism. Why not start a nonprofit? And could such an idea be feasible?

By 2011, Debra had built TecAccess into a multi-million-dollar firm but realized that her mission was not yet complete. Convinced that “the real disability is being unable to see human potential” she went on to create Ruh Global Communications as a global disability inclusion strategist. Debra consults with Fortune 100 companies and nations including Kenya, Oman, Egypt and the Bahamas.

Her daughter, Sara, is now an internationally renowned keynote and motivational speaker who travels the world inspiring and encouraging others to follow their dreams.

Ruh Global Communications focuses on Global Disability Inclusion, Digital Marketing, EmployAbility, ICT Accessibility, Human Rights, Social Media Marketing and implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  Debra has provided global leadership to governments, corporations, NGOs and DPO’s (Disability Persons Organizations) supporting research projects, DPO outreach, policy and standards initiatives with the public and private sector.  Proud to work with United Nations agencies and countries to help implement the CRPD.

Debra is an active Public Figure on Social Media. She’s an avid blogger and is a regular HuffPost Contributor. Her social media handle is @DebraRuh. She has over 166,000 followers on all mediums and has been named “Top 5% of Social Media Inflencers” and “Top 0.1% of people talking about Disability Inclusion and Accessibility” by KLOUT.

Debra and Sara Ruh on the Cover of Virginia Business
Image of Debra Ruh Standing behind a podium Speaking

Highlights

Policy, Legislative and Technical Experience:

Expertise with Standards and Legislation including the United Nations Convention of Rights for People with Disabilities (CRPD), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 503, 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, W3C, WCAG 2.0 and ISO. Invited expert and contributor to the W3C Cognitive Accessibility Taskforce. Created UNICEF Procurement Policy for ICT Accessibility.

Country Experience:

Provide global support with programs, research, outreach, policy and standards and initiatives for the public and private-sector. Experience in Australia, Asia, Caribbean, Central America, Europe, Middle East, North America, and UK.

Social Media:

Thought Leader and Blogger on ICT Accessibility and Disability Inclusion on social media channels. Social media mediums include Twitter, Linked-In, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, Medium, Instagram, G+ and other platforms. Work featured in major mediums including CBS, CNN, PBS, ABC, NBC, NPR, INC, Publishers Weekly, Fortune Magazine, US News & World Report, America’s Best, Washington Technology, and Bloomberg Business Week.

Published Author and Blogger:

Blogger: Huffington Post Blogger

Books: “Finding Your Voice by Using Social Media” Published on Amazon

“Uncovering Hidden Human Capital”: How leading corporations leverage multiple abilities in their workforce. Publishing Date: 2016, Publisher: G3ict

White Papers and Journals:

“G3ict Egypt’s Model Policy for Accessible Education”, May 2015

“Design for All Institute of India”, Guest Editor April 2015 Issue

“Education for Employment: Technical and Vocational Education and Training for people with a disability in Qatar”, March 2015

Awards and Featured in Media Campaigns: (partial list)