WASHINGTON, DC (October 2, 2013) -- The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have issued a call for Fortune 1000 companies to participate in the pilot phase of the Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM). The DEISM is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that will offer major employers the opportunity to receive an objective score on their disability inclusion policies and practices and identify avenues for continued improvement. It is also intended to help build a company’s reputation as an employer of choice.
The “soft” launch or pilot phase was announced yesterday at the USBLN® 16th Annual Conference & Expo in Los Angeles, California. The purpose of the pilot phase is to refine the DEISM survey further prior to the 2014 launch of the first Annual DEISM survey.
“The feedback about the DEISM at the USBLN® Annual Conference has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Jill Houghton, Executive Director, USBLN®. “The opportunity to participate in the pilot is a very unique opportunity and we are excited to report that employers are already stepping forward.”
“With new requirements that federal contractors set hiring targets for people with disabilities, contractors and other employers are looking for new ways to appeal to the untapped workforce and growing purchasing power of Americans with disabilities,” said Mark Perriello, President and CEO, AAPD. “Created by leaders in the business and disability community, the DEISM is poised to be a powerful educational tool for all those seeking information on a company’s disability related efforts.”
The deadline to apply to be considered for participation in the pilot phase is November 15, 2013. There is no fee to participate. Additionally, pilot participants will receive:
• Exclusive access to view the DEISM survey questions and receive unofficial, non-public results • The unique opportunity to work with and provide feedback on the survey to DEISM staff
Fortune 1000 companies interested in participating or needing more information about the pilot should contact Jani Willis at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans. www.usbln.org
About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. AAPD’s members, including people with disabilities and family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site: www.aapd.com.
The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. We promote equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. Our members, including people with disabilities and our family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site: www.aapd.com.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted its second corporate disability summit on July 25 with the U.S. Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) to highlight inclusion practices related to disability employment.
The groups also released “Leading Practices in Disability Inclusion,” a joint report that outlines specific strategies for businesses to recruit and retain individuals with disabilities and create a diverse workforce, marketplace, and supply chain. The report outlines real-life examples that are important in helping businesses realize opportunities provided by disability employment and the featured companies that have demonstrated success in all aspects of their business operations resulting from the inclusion of people with disabilities. The report also includes a tool to initiate and enhance disability-friendly corporate practices (click on the below link for full report).
ODEP Launches Media Campaign Encouraging Youth with Disabilities to Pursue Career Goals
WASHINGTON, DC (January 10, 2013) - To help millions of people recognize what they can do to make a difference in the lives - and future careers - of young people with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Labor's and the US Business Leadership Network®'s strategic partner, the Campaign for Disability Employmenthas released a new video public service announcement titled "Because." The PSA features real people with disabilities - not actors - who are pursuing and realizing their goals and passions as a result of the support they received from everyday people in their lives. Because nearly 1 out of 5 Americans has a disability, the PSA is intended to replace myths and misperceptions about disability employment with new views of what people with disabilities can do.
"Many people who achieve success and have found satisfaction in their careers have done so because one person believed in them and urged them to set their expectations high," said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for disability employment policy. "This PSA challenges viewers to rethink their ideas about what people with disabilities can achieve and consider what they might do to encourage young people with disabilities to pursue their personal and career goals."
The PSA is being distributed to more than 1,400 television, including cable, English- and Spanish-language stations.
"Because" is the latest product of the Campaign for Disability Employment - a unique collaboration of leading business and disability organizations with the Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy that promotes the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities. Campaign members include the American Association of People with Disabilities, the Job Accommodation Network, the National Business and Disability Council, the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, the Society for Human Resource Management, Special Olympics and the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®).
About the Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE)
The Campaign for Disability Employment is a collaborative effort to promote positive employment outcomes for people with disabilities by encouraging employers and others to recognize the value and talent they bring to the workplace. Employers are encouraged to visit theemployer page to learn how their organizations can capitalize on the talents of people with disabilities and access resources to assist in recruiting, retaining and advancing skilled, qualified employees. http://www.whatcanyoudocampaign.org/index.php
Today more than ever, businesses need people with a demonstrated ability to adapt to different situations and circumstances. And perhaps more than any other group, people with disabilities possess precisely these attributes. On a daily basis, people with disabilities must think creatively about how to solve problems and accomplish tasks. In the workplace, this resourcefulness translates into innovative thinking, fresh ideas and varied approaches to confronting business challenges and achieving success. What's more, research shows that consumers both with and without disabilities favor businesses that employ people with disabilities. But while research shows that a workplace inclusive of people with disabilities is good for business, not all employers know how to effectively recruit, retain and advance such individuals. The following resources can assist:
A toolkit celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) in October is now available. The toolkit, provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP), offers downloadable posters, publications, and other resources. This year's theme is “A Strong Workforce is an Inclusive Workforce: What Can YOU Do?” NDEAM is a national campaign that raises awareness and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America’s workers with disabilities.
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network (EARN) announces the launch of its new business and disability blog, the EARN|Exchange. The blog will be updated several times each month with commentary on news and current events in business and disability employment. Postings will be provided by EARN staff as well as guest bloggers including experts in HR, recruiting, training, and more.
The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released a guide to acquaint business leaders with programs and resources available to assist them in hiring people with disabilities. The jointly developed publication, Disability Employment 101 includes information about how to find qualified workers with disabilities, how to put disability and employment research into practice and how to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce.
Among other things, the 56-page guide provides information regarding department-funded vocational rehabilitation agencies, Disability and Business Technical Assistance Centers, and Centers for Independent Living. It also includes checklists and various other resources to aid employers as they prepare to employ people with disabilities.
General Resources on Employment & Disability
The Governor's Council on Disability (GCD) - Promotes full participation and inclusion of the nearly 1 million Missourians with disabilities in all aspects of community life by educating citizens, businesses, schools, universities and others of their rights and responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities (COSD) - COSD is a unique consortium composed of large and small universities, well - known national employers and US Government agencies focused on the career employment of college graduates with disabilities.
Center for Workforce Preparation (CWP) - An affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, CWP assists state and local chambers to build their capacity as leaders in workforce development. CWP helps chambers recognize the value and importance of this leadership role and provides information, resources, promising practices and opportunities for chambers to learn from one another.
Employer Assistance Referral Network (EARN) - EARN is a nationwide, cost-free referral and technical assistance service for employers. EARN connects employers who have job vacancies to employment service providers who have direct access to job-ready individuals with disabilities. EARN also provides technical assistance to assist employers in locating appropriate organizations and information as they seek to hire qualified candidates with disabilities.
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) - JAN is a free consulting service that provides information about job accommodations, ADA and the employability of people with disabilities.
National Business and Disability Center (NBDC) - NBDC is a leading resource for employers seeking to integrate people with disabilities into the workplace and companies seeking to reach them in the consumer marketplace.
National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) - NCSET coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.
National Organization on Disability (NOD) - NOD promotes the full and equal participation and contribution of America's 54 million men, women and children with disabilities in all aspects of life.
National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) - NCIL is a membership organization that advances the self-empowerment philosophy and advocates for the human rights of, and services for, people with disabilities to further their full integration and participation in society.
Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) - SHRM is the world's largest association devoted to human resource management. Their mission is to serve the needs of HR professionals by providing the most essential and comprehensive resources available.
U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) - The U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) is a national employer-led network. It is the national organization that supports development and expansion of BLNs across the country, serving as their collective voice. The USBLN recognizes and promotes best practices in hiring, retaining and marketing to people with disabilities.
Employment Incentives - A private grant funded website that provides information on national and state incentives for employers who hire job candidates with disabilities.