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BRG Facility Access Fact Sheet

The Disability:IN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee has prepared this fact sheet to assist corporate disability Employee Resource Groups/Business Resource Groups to advance inclusive and easy access to their companies’ grounds and buildings. This fact sheet provides ideas, recommendations and resources for disability inclusion that go beyond the ADAAG (Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines). It also addresses ADAAG requirements that are too often overlooked or misinterpreted.

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Self-Identification Best Practices

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.

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Disability Inclusion Global Best Practices Report

The Disability Equality Index (DEI), a joint initiative with the American Association of People with Disabilities, is a benchmarking tool that provides an objective score and roadmap on disability inclusion policies and practices. Businesses with international operations that take the DEI are asked to respond to a set of questions on the inclusiveness of their global operations. This report highlights the global best practices of international companies that scored 80 or above on the 2019 DEI.

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Mentorship Best Practices

Build your relationship with mentees, and find guidance on inclusive workplace best practices and disability etiquette throughout the employment lifecycle—from the application process through to the job offer stage.

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Innovation Lab (iLab) Facilitator Toolkit

The Disability:IN iLab brings together college students with disabilities and career professionals, with and without disabilities, under the principles of universal design to dream up the next big ideas in design or technology. The iLab was designed to show that people with disabilities can be the “catalyst for innovation” with design breakthroughs that will benefit the world! While the Disability:IN model presented here is designed for college students or recent graduates with disabilities and volunteers from our Partners, it can easily be adapted for younger students and groups that include students with or without disabilities.

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Unconscious Biases: Shattering Assumptions and Surprising Ourselves

If your company is going to get serious about disability inclusion, it needs to get real about unconscious bias. EY, Kaiser Permanente, and others identified, and then challenged, their own assumptions. They hired people who were qualified for the job, but happened to have a disability. Then they experienced, first-hand, how inclusion positively affected their business. Check out the video!

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Centralized Reasonable Accommodations Fund

A Centralized Reasonable Accommodations Fund is an enterprise-wide general fund to either partially cover or entirely cover reasonable accommodations for employees with disabilities and is considered a corporate best practice. With a centralized reasonable accommodations fund, hiring managers and supervisors do not need to worry about how this may impact their unit/department budget. Learn more.

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Roadmap to Mental Wellness in the Workplace

By 2020, mental and substance use disorders will surpass all physical diseases as the major causes of disability worldwide (NIH). Many of your employees and their families are impacted by mental illness and this may adversely affect productivity, increase absenteeism, and disrupt teamwork. The goal of Disability:IN’s Roadmap to Mental Wellness in the Workplace is to inspire action, improve workplace productivity, and impact the well-being of millions of employees and their families around the world.

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Global Directory

The Disability:IN Global Directory is a collaborative disability inclusion database with country profiles to help companies achieve disability inclusion and equality around the world.

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503 Checklist

The following Section 503 Subpart C, Affirmative Action Program Checklist is organized to assist federal contractors with 50 or more employees and a contract of $50,000 or more to benchmark their current activities against Section 503, Subpart C Affirmative Action Program requirements. By comparing their current activities against the regulatory requirements, federal contractors can develop an Affirmative Action Program that ensures equal employment opportunity and fosters employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.

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ERG/BRG Resources

This toolkit provides information and resources on how a company’s disability-focused affinity group can promote disability inclusion through the employment life cycle and can enable employees with disabilities to bring their whole selves to work. The founding members of the Disability:IN ERG/BRG Leadership Committee created the toolkit.

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Autism @ Work Playbook

The Autism @ Work Playbook is the product of a collaborative research project, Autism-Ready Workplace: Creating and Sustaining Autism Hiring Initiatives, led by Dr. Hala Annabi, an associate professor at the University of Washington Information School. To create this guide, the ACCESS-IT Research Group at the Information School studied the Autism @ Work programs of four leading employers: Microsoft, SAP, JPMorgan Chase and EY.

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Disability Inclusive Stock Photography

Disability:IN is pleased to offer disability inclusive stock photography to the public. In an effort to empower business to achieve disability inclusion and equality, we encourage corporations to use this in recruitment material, marketing material, internal and external communications, etc.

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