July 26, 2020 marks the 30th Anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This historic milestone is taking place during a global COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement which have both exposed inequality in our society.

The promise of the ADA and fight to end racial inequality and injustice in America creates a pivotal moment to ask, “How can the DEI help the Fortune 1000 and AM Law 200 achieve disability inclusion and equality for all?”

In response the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and disability advocates has modernized the DEI by adding clarity to current weighted questions and adding new non-weighted questions that will go into effect in 2021 in the following categories:

  • Enterprise-wide Access;
  • Employment Practices: Benefits;
  • Employment Practices: Accommodations; and,
  • Supplier Diversity

The 2021 DEI will measure calendar year 2020.

Updates include:

Enterprise-wide Access:

  • We added clarity to the existing seven (7) weighted questions and added one (1) non-weighted question about innovative technology to advance digital accessibility.

Employment Practices: Benefits:

  • We added clarity to the existing three (3) weighted questions.
  • The previous non-weighted Personal Assistance Services (PAS) was moved to Employment Practices: Accommodations and;
  • The Long-Term Care Coverage Benefit Question was deleted.
  • There are six (6) new non weighted questions about:
    1. Supplemental long-term disability,
    2. Vision care coverage,
    3. Wellness benefits,
    4. ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) savings account plan or special needs trust information,
    5. Paid caregiver leave; and,
    6. Delivering benefits information to employees in accessible formats.

Employment Practices: Accommodations:

  • We added clarity to the existing (4) weighted questions.
  • Additional clarity was added to the existing one (1) non-weighted question, the non-weighted Personal Assistance Services (PAS) question from Employment Practices: Benefits was added along with two (2) new non-weighted questions about services for Deaf and hard of hearing employees and flexible work options for employees with disabilities.

Supplier Diversity:

  • We added clarity to four (4) questions. No new questions were added. Six (6) questions remain weighted and 2 remain non-weighted.