The American Association of People with Disabilities and the US Business Leadership Network will launch the Disability Equality Index on June 26, a new tool for measuring disability inclusive employment practices by major employers.
The index aims to be an “annual benchmarking tool that will offer major businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices, and identify avenues for continued improvement.”
The groups piloted a soft launch of the index in October 2013, in which 48 different Fortune 1000 and similarly situated companies participated.
“I am fired up about the launch of this new index, which will allow businesses and members of the disability community to assess how well a company is doing on disability issues,” said AAPD President and CEO Mark Perriello in a blog post.
The index is modeled after the Human Rights Campaign’s long-running Corporate Equality Index, which measures inclusive employment practices for the LGBT community.