The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is an initiative of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). This initiative is a benchmarking tool that is transparent offering businesses the opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion practices and policies on a score of zero to one hundred. It also helps firms to identify areas of continual improvement and helps firms build a reputation of being an employer of choice for people with or without disabilities.
This year, a historic one hundred and ten companies participated in the benchmark which was a rise from five years ago forty-eight companies that participated in the first survey. The number has also grown from eighty companies in 2015 and eighty-three in 2016. Of the one hundred and ten firms that participated, sixty employers managed to earn the 100 rating which is the highest score. This is an increase from the nineteen companies and forty-two companies that scored this highest score in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The firms that engage in the voluntary index select a representative who answers different questions and gives proof that back the answers.
Some Of The Top Scorers
Among the firms that made it to this year’s 100 scores is Whirlpool where the Employee Resource Group AVID (Awareness of Visible and Invisible Disabilities) completed the survey for their first time. The group was happy to receive the news that the company had made it among the sixty-eight companies with the highest score. The firm vision is to enable the firm’s professionals and consumers that have disabilities reach their full potential. CVSD another firm that made it to the top sixty-eight firms allow potential workers with disabilities to take part in skills and training courses to get a feeling of how it would feel to work at the firm before they even apply for positions.
American Airlines is yet another firm that received the top score. The firm which is also a founding partner of DEI has a well-known program known as It’s Cool To Fly American which provides a simulated flight experience to kids with autism and their families. The firm supplier diversity program seeks small businesses that are certified disability, veteran, LGBT owned businesses, women, minority, and service disabled veteran businesses that can provide quality services and products.
Sprint is another top scorer that has received this top score in three years in a row due to its friendly and inclusive work environment for people living with disabilities. Wells Fargo is another firm that has received the 100 score two years in a row now. The company’s diverse abilities team member network creates inclusion and awareness of team members that have disabilities. The firm also donates and provides capital to companies that employ and support people with disabilities.
These are only a few of the sixty-eight firms that got the one hundred score. Today due to help from firms such as Source America, more firms are going far beyond what many viewed as a diversity, and more people with disabilities are given job opportunities in many of these firms.
SourceAmerica is firm that helps companies provide job opportunities for people with significant disabilities. They help people with disabilities find meaningful jobs, and they have done so successfully for over one hundred and fifteen thousand people. They help to make the American dream more accessible. The company believes that anyone who is willing to work should be provided with the opportunity to do so. Because of SourceAmerica, people with significant disabilities are not only heard and seen; they are hired too.