Disability business survey releases inaugural results

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Top Rated Disability Equality Practices

The American Association of People with Disabilities and the United States Business Leadership Network revealed the results of the inaugural Disability Equality Index on June 11, highlighting major corporations that have taken steps toward disability inclusion.

The survey was first announced in June 2014. Eighty of the Fortune 1000 participated in the survey. Each company was awarded points in four categories: Culture and Leadership, Enterprise-Wide Access, Employment Practices, and Community Engagement and Support Services. Of these, 19 companies received 100 points out of 100, including Starbucks, Comcast, AT&T, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman.

It is the first national survey of business practices toward employees with disabilities.

“The truth is, that 25-years after the passage of the ADA, we still haven’t effectively leveraged the untapped potential of the disability community as consumers, employees, or suppliers,” Keith Wiedenkeller, former Chief People Officer for AMC Theaters, said in a news release. “I’m hopeful that the DEI’s focus on encouragement and recognition, while still setting a high bar, will help move the Disability Inclusion conversation from compliance to competitive advantage.”

The AAPD and USBLN plan to release a report this summer, highlighting best practices of the participating companies.

“We’re…tremendously excited by the level of overall participation in, and support for, the DEI,” USBLN Executive Director Jill Houghton said in the news release. “Even in its first year, the DEI is already moving the needle in the disability inclusion arena.”

Read more about the Disability Equality Index.