Americans with Disabilities Act 31st anniversary


From Jill Houghton, Disability:IN President & CEO

It has been 31 years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act – a landmark federal law that protects the rights of all people with disabilities.

Globally, people with disabilities represent over one billion people or 15% of the population. We are 1 in 5 Americans, and twice as likely to be unemployed/underemployed than those without disabilities.

Disability:IN grew out of the belief that business has the power to include. Since then, we have been working to empower business to advance disability inclusion and equality.

At Disability:IN we know that people with disabilities are problem solvers and help companies drive innovation. In fact, “
Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage,” a report based on data from the Disability Equality Index and published by Accenture in partnership with American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN demonstrated that companies that are prioritizing disability inclusion had 28% higher revenue, two times the net income, and 30% higher economic profit margins.

So the bottom line is that it pays to be disability inclusive. Disability inclusion is a significant opportunity for companies to improve their performance, increase labor-force diversity, and develop a sustainable corporate culture.


It is a continuous journey to move the needle on employment and accessibility and we invite you to join IN and commit to advancing inclusion disability inclusion.

Talent with Disabilities in Demand

Inclusion Works surpass 120,000+ hires

Chart shows total new hires of individuals with disabilities starting at 315 in 2015 to 120,000+ in 2021

Disability:IN’s Inclusion Works program provides participating companies with unlimited, customized, virtual and onsite consulting provided by a team of disability inclusion experts. Companies learn how to create an inclusive culture while simultaneously developing a sustainable recruitment strategy.

To date, participating companies in Inclusion Works have collectively hired over 120,000 people with disabilities. It is a program that works, and as of July 2021, there are 75 participating companies, with 26 companies joining just this past year.

Together, these participating Inclusion Works companies employ over 4.7 million people and generate $6.8 trillion in income….a powerful coalition for change.

Email [email protected] to learn how your company can join Inclusion Works.