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.

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.