USBLN® Plays Matchmaker for Companies That See Value in Disability Inclusion
In the United States, an estimated 57 million people live with a disability. Of these, 19.5 percent who are of working age are employed, while 10.2 percent are still actively seeking employment, according to the most recent U.S. Department of Labor data. The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN), a national nonprofit organization that helps businesses drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace – helps create and foster opportunities for employees with disabilities and for people with disabilities who own small businesses.
Serving as the collective voice of nearly 50 BLN affiliates nationwide and representing more than 5,000 businesses, USBLN helps connect corporations that are members of the organization with smaller businesses that are 51 percent or more owned, operated, controlled, and managed by individuals with disabilities. As the nation’s leading third-party certifier for disability-owned businesses – including those owned by service-disabled veterans – USBLN serves as the intermediary between these companies and corporations seeking to expand their supplier diversity programs.
by Alexandra Vollman – INSIGHT Into Diversity
Three new BLNs Added to the USBLN Affiliate Network since July 2017
This summer has seen landmark growth in the USBLN local Affiliate Network that spans the nation in 43 sites over 30 states! Now that the USBLN Conference is over, connecting locally with these BLNs is a way to take to the same type of around disability inclusion education and training from Orlando and spread it across your corporate footprint.
Recap: USBLN Annual Conference and Biz2Biz Expo
As a little person who attended the conference for the first time this year, I was moved by so many speeches throughout the conference. Attendees got real and shared some of their most vulnerable stories, which were relatable. Most of all, I got to be myself without having to worry about people’s perceptions.
USBLN Recognizes leaders in disability inclusion with 2017 Leadership Awards
Washington, D.C. (August 25, 2017) – On Wednesday, the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) presented top awards during the annual conference Leadership Awards Dinner in Orlando, Florida. The Leadership Awards celebrate outstanding commitment and leading disability inclusion practices.
USBLN in Inc. Magazine: Why More Tech Companies Should Hire People With Disabilities
While people with disabilities still remain largely underrepresented in the work place, especially in technology, companies are starting to see the importance of disability inclusion. A recent article published in Inc. Magazine cites encouraging data that suggests corporate attitudes are shifting.
USBLN in USA Today: More Businesses Are Opening Up To People With Disabilities
A recent article published in USA Today reports businesses are becoming increasingly accessible to people with disabilities. The 2017 Disability Equality Index (DEI), a survey conducted by the USBLN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, supports the data.