How can companies create a work culture where employees are comfortable disclosing a disability?

Now more than ever, how people identify, as well as when and why they disclose a disability, determines workplace culture. Research shows it is not an overstatement to say that having more people who openly disclose their disability creates an inclusive culture that has the power to dramatically shape future business culture and success. But here’s the reality:

In interviews with leaders participating in the 2020 Disability Equality Index (DEI), we uncovered insights that offer a fresh perspective on how to effectively boost the number of people who self-identify as having a disability. There’s still room for growth. While 92% of businesses encourage employees with a disability to self-identify and 98% have a confidential reporting process in place, on average, 5.5% of DEI participants’ employees (compared to 3.7% in 2019) disclosed their disability to their employer at any point. So how do you capture at least some of the 20% who qualify as having a disability according to the U.S. Census?

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