Published by Everett Taylor on September 29, 2017

Developments in Corporations -Key to the Inclusivity of Disabled Individuals

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) unites the AAPD (American Association of People with Disabilities) and the USBLN (US Business Leadership Network). It was created by the DEI Advisory Committee. This index is used as a benchmarking tool by which companies can be evaluated based on scores that range from a scale of 0 to 100, which are determined by the company’s disability inclusion procedures. The companies can benefit from DEI because it can help them find any opportunity for continuous developments that could make them a preferred company for employees. When an organization gets this merit, it can excel in four areas: culture and leadership, employment practices, enterprise-wide access, and community involvement and assistance. The introduction of the DEI was in 2012. This index was tested in 2013 and 2014 with 48 organizations.

Companies with a DEI index score of 80 or higher receive public recognition. However, if a company has a scores under 80, the score is not published. The participants invited by the AAPD and USBLN take DEI Survey are Fortune 1000 companies and AmLaw 200 law firms. Other companies could be eligible if they have at least 500 full-time employees. Such companies include non-government organizations that are not possessed by a larger American corporation, companies serving a U.S. branch of foreign firms, and foreign independent businesses as part of their operations in the U.S.

In the 2017, DEI had 110 participating companies. This survey was comprised of 21 sectors of the U.S. economy (i.e. technology, financial, telecommunications, pharmaceutical, and health care). More companies could performing auditing on their internal and external websites to ensure accessibility. Eighty eight percent of the companies surveyed had employee resource groups or affinity organizations that focused on a specific disability. Eighty six percent of the C-level executives from the companies in the survey were supporters of disability-focused affinity groups or organizations. About 40 percent of DEI companies offer communication in regards to interview accommodations. Therefore, interview accommodations is an area that could be improved.

SourceAmerica is a company that has created job opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities for over 40 years. Clients are linked with non-profit businesses in the federal system of SourceAmerica that can meet their product and service standards. These agencies are provided various types of supports, such as financial aid and contract support. The company is a non-profit agency that assists with the implementation of the AbilityOne Program.