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 which has further 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.
- 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:
- Supplemental long-term disability,
- Vision care coverage,
- Wellness benefits,
- ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) savings account plan or special needs trust information,
- Paid caregiver leave; and,
- 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.
- We added clarity to four (4) questions. No new questions were added. Six (6) questions remain weighted and 2 remain non-weighted.