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
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.