Disability Equality Index Survey Unveiled in Preparation for October 2014 Launch!
The USBLN and AAPD are excited to announce the unveil of the first Annual Disability Equality Index (DEI)! Created by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is an online benchmarking tool that offers businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. The first Annual DEI is scheduled to launch in October 2014.
The DEI is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement on their disability inclusion policies and practices, as well as help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice. It was successfully piloted with 48 Fortune 1000 scope companies in early 2014.
The USBLN and AAPD will invite Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly-traded businesses (the Fortune 1000) to participate in the first Annual DEI. Other companies or organizations that are welcome to participate in the DEI include the following, providing they have 3,000 or more full-time employees in the U.S.:
- Private sector employers that are not owned by a larger U.S. incorporated entity
- Businesses that serve as the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign-based multinational business
- Foreign-owned private companies on behalf of their U.S. operations
To view the first Annual DEI survey questions and for more general information about the DEI, including information on how to participate, please visit: http://www.usbln.org/programs-dei.html.
Necessity Is The Mother of Invention
As inhabitants of a world not always ideally built to suit their needs, members of the disability community innovate to make their lives easier. These accommodations not only help them, but promote inclusiveness, ultimately benefiting everyone. Here are a few examples of incredible innovations in the marketplace today.
Exploring Global Disability Employment Strategies
The USBLN Global Disability Employment Summit will be held on July 27th, at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington D.C. Companies present will share best practices, and collaborate on ways to promote accessibility, supplier diversity and government regulations related to hiring people with disabilities outside the U.S.
Five Ways People with Disabilities Are Driving Innovation
From the entertainment and fashion industry to the world of super heroes, technology is changing the landscape of disability. Advancements are pushing the boundaries, furthering the possibilities, and creating more accessible and inclusive opportunities. Here are five awesome examples we’ve seen recently:
USBLN Conference Exclusive Sessions now available for Sign-Up
The Wednesday, August 23rd Industry Sectors Roundtable at the USBLN Annual Conference is an exclusive benefit for corporate partners that support the USBLN at the Ruby level or higher.
Driving Innovation Through Disability Inclusion
Throughout history, disability has driven innovation, leading to a wide-range of useful inventions. For example, though text messaging was originally meant as a communication tool for deaf people, we can all agree that it has since changed the way the entire world communicates.