September 25, 2018
The Disability Equality Index Evolves – What’s New in 2019

Disability:IN provides various resources, such as webinars and blog posts, to assist companies in understanding and scoring well on the Disability Equality Index. In 2019, some questions will be weighted, as advised by the DEI Advisory Committee. Please join us for the upcoming webinars and remember to register your company for an opportunity to be recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”

USBLN DEI Logo with subtitle "Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion"

Since 2014 when Disability:IN and AAPD jointly launched the Disability Equality Index (DEI), we’ve been guided by our purpose to empower businesses to achieve disability inclusion and equality.  The DEI is a rigorous, fair, and transparent benchmarking tool that helps companies identify opportunities for continued improvement, as well as build a reputation as an employer of choice.

While we’ve experienced a significant spike in participation, we constantly ask ourselves, “Are there additional policies and practices we should be putting in place to further the inclusion and participation of people with disabilities across the business enterprise?” In response to this question, we work closely with the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse and voluntary group of business and disability leaders, to continuously evaluate the criteria, gather input, and ultimately guide the future of the criteria.

On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, May 17, 2018, we announced key weighted changes that will go into effect in calendar year 2019. Please take a glance at the criteria changes below, and click here for information on upcoming webinars that will highlight the new requirements in our criteria.

New For 2019 DEI Criteria

  • Leadership & Culture category has NO changes.
  • The Enterprise-Wide Access category has transitioned some existing questions to weighted questions.
  • The Employment Practices category (subcategory Recruitment) has transitioned an existing question to a weighted question.
  • The Employment Practices category (subcategory Employment, Education, Retention, and Advancement) has transitioned several existing questions to weighted questions.
  • The Community Engagement & Support Services category will change to Community Engagement.
  • The Internal/External Support Service subcategory will NO LONGER exist, and questions within that subcategory will shift to Enterprise-Wide Access and Community Engagement categories.
  • The Community Engagement category has transitioned an existing question to a weighted question.
  • The Supplier Diversity category has transitioned some existing questions to weighted questions.
  • A NEW non-weighted, Non-U.S. Operations category will be added. Companies with operations outside of the United States will be required to complete this section.
  • There will be a non-weighted Best Practices question at the end of every category.
  • For more detailed information on these topics, click here.

Point Allocations

  • The score range for the DEI benchmarking tool is zero (0) to 100, with 100 being the highest score.
  • Starting in 2019, there will be six (6) categories within the DEI.
  • Five (5) of the six (6) categories are assigned a weight, and the five (5) weighted categories total 100 points.
  • Some of the five (5) weighted categories have subcategories. The total score for categories with subcategories is the sum of its subcategories. Points will be allocated in the following ways:
    1. Culture & Leadership = 30 points – There are No CHANGES to this category
      • Culture = 20 points
      • Leadership = 10 points
    2. Enterprise-Wide Access = 10 points
      • Enterprise-Wide Access = 10 points
        • There are new weighted questions in 2019
        • NEW FOR 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least three (3) of the seven (7) weighted question sets
        • Questions in this section have been updated to reflect World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (W3C WCAG2.1)
    3. Employment Practices = 40 points
      • Benefits = 10 points
        • 2018 & 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the three (3) weighted question sets
      • Recruitment = 10 points
        • 2018: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the four (4) weighted question sets
        • NEW FOR 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least three (3) of the five (5) weighted question sets
      • Employment, Education, Retention, & Advancement = 10 points
        • 2018: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the three (3) weighted question sets
        • NEW FOR 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least three (3) of the six (6) weighted question sets
      • Accommodations = 10 points
        • 2018: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the three (3) weighted question sets
          • NEW FOR 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the four (4) weighted question sets
    4. Community Engagement = 10 points
      • Community Engagement = 10 points
        • 2018: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the three (3) weighted question sets
        • NEW FOR 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the four (4) weighted question sets
      • Internal / External Support Services = 10 points – Eliminated in 2019
    5. Supplier Diversity = 10 points – NEW FOR 2019
      • 2018: Non-weighted
      • NEW FOR 2019: Must answer “yes” to at least two (2) of the six (6) weighted question sets
    6. Non-U.S. Operations = Non-Weighted – NEW FOR 2019

DEI Registration is now open for 2019. We hope all eligible companies plan to participate!

Timeline

  • July 9, 2018:  DEI Registration opens
  • January 11, 2019:  Registration closes
  • January 23, 2019:  Registered companies receive access to the benchmark
  • April 12, 2019:  Final company benchmark responses due
  • June 2019:  DEI benchmark scores finalized
  • July 15 – 18, 2019: Disability:IN Annual Conference & Expo, Chicago, Illinois
  • July 2019:  Top-scoring companies (score of 80 or above) announced, 2020 Registration opens and DEI Annual Report available

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