2020 Year in Review

To our entire community:

In a year when the world is facing so many challenges, Disability:IN is grateful for you.

Together, we recognized the impact of the 30th Anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act by launching “Are You IN?”  A campaign highlighting that we all have a role to play in building an inclusive global economy.

We end this year with a commitment to do more – through our Inclusion Works program, we have pledged to hire at least 160,000 people with disabilities by 2023, doubling our current number of hires.

We encourage all Fortune 1000 and AmLaw 200 to do more and take the first step by registering for the Disability Equality Index. This comprehensive benchmarking tool outlines measurable, tangible actions towards disability inclusion and equality. Registration is open until January 29th, 2021.

Your Disability:IN family is sending warm wishes to you for a Happy New Year!

To another successful year, 

Jill & the Disability:IN team

Jill Houghton's Signature

Our Collective Impact

Building Inclusive Companies & Driving Hires

Total New Hires of Individuals with Disabilities chart going from 339 in 2015 to 80k in 2020 and aiming from 160k in 2023.

Inclusion Works companies have hired over 80,000 new employees with disabilities as of September 2020, a 53% increase from 52,138 new hires last year.

We’re committing to increasing the total new hires of individuals with disabilities over the next three years to 160,000 in 2023.

More about Inclusion Works

Intersectionality: Empowering over 1,000 NextGen Leaders

59% People of Color

People of Color

47% Women


20% LGBTQ+


2020 NextGen Leaders

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“Disability:IN changed everything for me. They equipped me with necessary skills, taught me how to advocate for myself, and opened countless doors. Disability:IN helped me find my voice in a world that often silenced me.”

–Julia H., Communications Intern, Voya Financial

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“Being a part of the NextGen Program has opened many doors for me. It gave me the opportunity to explore different fields and to be able to network with others in many different areas. I value everything that the NextGen Program stands for.”

–Candace R., Fidelity Investments

2020 NextGen Leader of the Year

“Disability inclusion means that the voices of employees with disabilities are included—that they are heard, and we are taking active steps to address their concerns and needs.

Disability inclusion means the employees with disabilities work ethic is valued more than their disability—no matter what they look like or how ‘different’ they may appear.”

–Zarin Hamid, NextGen ’19, Security Associate at PNC

The DOBE Network Grew by 40%

Abstract animation showing DOBE Network Growth by 30%.

Disability:IN certified suppliers’ employ people with disabilities 6-7 times the rate of their non-DOBE peers.

More about Supplier Diversity

Advancing Inclusion with the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

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Among participating companies, Self-Identification rates grew from 3.5% to 5.5%

2020 DEI Report (PDF)

DEI Participant Growth

2 bars charts showing total growth of participants from 180 in 2019 to 247 in 2020., and the second showing growth by business standing: 48 to 59 Fortune 100; 111 to 143 Fortune 500; 120 to 154 Fortune 1000; 2 to 5 Am Law 200; 58 to 88 Other participants.

Throughout the Year

Mental Health

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Equipped our network with tools and strategies to address workplace wellness. Learn more… about Mental Health


Mandy Harvey Singing on Stage

Highlighting the talent of people with disabilities for National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn more… about NDEAM


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Helping our network navigate this unprecedented time and be better employers, allies, and advocates. Learn more… about COVID Resources

Global Accessibility Awareness Day GAAD

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Aided accessibility projects by compiling resources to get started and improve #a11y. Learn more… about GAAD


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We all have a role to play in building an inclusive global economy. Begin your roadmap to disability inclusion with tools like the DEI. Are You IN? Join IN the campaign

Modernizing the DEI

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In reaction to the changing landscape, we updated the benchmark to advance inclusion.
Learn more… about the DEI modernization efforts

Recapping the 2020 Conference: #DisabilityAdvantage

The 2020 Inclusion Awards Winners

Access the 2020 Conference Hub
Check out the 2021 Conference

Local Affiliates

The Disability:IN local affiliates across the nation are the heartbeat of the organization, driving the mission of disability inclusion forward by working with partners on the ground. Check out the Affiliate Event Calendar for local events happening in your area.

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CEOs Advocate for Inclusion and the Disability Equality Index (DEI)

48 CEOs are IN!

The Disability:IN CEO to CEO letter asks Fortune 1000 CEO’s to commit to advancing disability equality and inclusion. These 48 announced signatories have committed to advance disability inclusion, to encourage other CEOs to join IN, and to leverage the DEI.

Thank you to all the signatories for your partnership and for joining IN!

  1. Aron Ain, Chairman & CEO, UKG
  2. José (Joe) E. Almeida, Chairman, President & CEO, Baxter International Inc.
  3. Carl S. Armato, President & CEO, Novant Health
  4. Corie Barry, CEO, Best Buy
  5. Marc Benioff, Chair & CEO, Salesforce
  6. Frank Bisignano, President & CEO, Fiserv, Inc.
  7. Jean-Michel Boers, President & CEO, and US Country Managing Director, Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corporation
  8. Greg Braca, President & CEO, TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
  9. Giovanni Caforio, Chairman & CEO, Bristol Myers Squibb
  10. Marc Casper, Chairman, President & CEO, Thermo Fisher Scientific
  11. Andy Cecere, Chairman & CEO, U.S. Bancorp
  12. David Cordani, President & CEO, Cigna Corporation
  13. Steve Demetriou, Chair & CEO, Jacobs
  14. Marvin R. Ellison, President & CEO, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  15. Pat Esser, President & CEO, Cox Communications, Inc.
  16. Thomas F. Farrell, Chairman, President & CEO, Dominion Energy, Inc.
  17. Gianrico Farrugia, M.D., President & CEO, Mayo Clinic
  18. Andreas Fibig, Chairman & CEO, IFF
  19. Beth Ford, President & CEO, Land O’Lakes, Inc.
  20. Kelly Grier, US Chair & Americas Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
  21. Roger Hochschild, President & CEO, Discover Financial Services
  22. Barbara Humpton, CEO, Siemens USA
  1. Margaret Keane, CEO, Synchrony
  2. Gary C. Kelly, Chairman & CEO, Southwest Airlines Co.
  3. Patrick Lockwood-Taylor, President, Bayer US
  4. Charles F. Lowrey, Chairman & CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
  5. Mike Mahoney, Chairman & CEO, Boston Scientific
  6. Paul Markovich, President & CEO, Blue Shield of California
  7. Geoff Martha, CEO, Medtronic
  8. Rodney Martin, Chairman & CEO, Voya Financial
  9. Doug McMillon, CEO, Walmart Inc.
  10. Larry Merlo, President & CEO, CVS Health
  11. Mark Mondello, CEO, Jabil Inc.
  12. Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
  13. Michael F. Neidorff, Chairman, President & CEO for Centene, Centene Corporation
  14. Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman & CEO , State Street Corporation
  15. Mark Pearson, CEO, Equitable Holdings
  16. Douglas L. Peterson, President & CEO, S&P Global
  17. Brad Preber, CEO, Grant Thornton LLP
  18. Jim Ryan, Chairman & CEO, Old National Bank
  19. Tim Ryan, US Chair & Senior Partner, PwC
  20. Mike Sievert, President & CEO, T-Mobile
  21. Vince Sorgi, President & CEO, PPL Corporation
  22. Bob Swan, CEO, Intel Corporation
  23. Julie Sweet, CEO, Accenture
  24. Mike Swinford, CEO, NuMotion
  25. Robert N. Trunzo, President & CEO, CUNA Mutual Group
  26. Sherri Turpin, CEO, ZVRS and Purple Communications
Become a Signatory

ESG Investing and Commitments to Inclusion

30 Investors are IN!

Investors representing more than $2.8 trillion in combined assets, led by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli and Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read, are calling on companies they invest in to create inclusive workplaces that can benefit from employing the millions of talented people with disabilities who remain underrepresented in the workforce. View the joint statement.

Thank you to all the signatories for your partnership and for joining IN!

  1. Bank of America
  2. TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank
  3. Rodney O. Martin, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Voya Financial, Inc.
  4. Dieter Waizenegger, Executive Director, CtW Investment Group
  5. Christopher J. Ailman, FSA, Chief Investment Officer, California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
  6. Thomas P. DiNapoli, New York State Comptroller
  7. Scott M. StringerNew York City Comptroller
  8. Tobias ReadOregon State Treasurer
  9. Shawn T. Wooden, Connecticut State Treasurer
  10. Michael W. FrerichsIllinois State Treasurer
  11. Deborah B. Goldberg, Massachusetts State Treasurer
  12. Joseph M. Torsella, Pennsylvania State Treasurer
  13. Thomas “Thom” Williams, Executive Director, Employees’ Retirement System of the State of Hawaii
  14. Richard Trumka, President, American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO)
  15. Xander den Uyl, Vicechair, Pension Fund PWRI, The Netherland
  16. William H. Apfel, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Boston Trust Walden
  17. Seth MagazinerRhode Island State Treasurer
  18. Sheila Morgan-Johnson, Executive Director, District of Columbia Retirement Board
  19. Clifton S. Robbins, Chief Executive Officer, Blue Harbour Group, L.P.
  20. Beth PearceVermont State Treasurer
  21. Brian Bodager, Chief Executive Officer, The Pension Boards-UCC, Inc.
  22. Matthew W. Patsky, Chief Executive Officer, Trillium Asset Management LLC
  23. Boston Common Asset Management
  24. Carole Liable, Chief Executive Officer, Domini Impact Investments LLC
  25. Avera Health
  26. Matt Nacard, Chief Executive Officer, Ethical Partners Fund Management
  27. Julie Hammerman, Executive Director, JLens
  28. Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
  29. Sister Jean Steffes CSA, General Superior, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes
  30. Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen SD
Become a Signatory

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