Professionals require customized and relevant development programming at every career stage, and professionals with disabilities are no different. The Disability:IN Early Career Talent Accelerator was designed by people with disabilities for people with disabilities for this very reason. The program aims to ensure that professionals with disabilities are provided comparable professional development opportunities as their peers in Corporate America – taking into account the specific contextual and cultural factors that an individual’s disability identity might play in their career journey.
For corporations, creating clear and consistent pathways for career development and advancement for employees with disabilities are critical signals of a company’s commitment to a disability-inclusive culture. Just 5% of the 485 companies that participated in the 2023 Disability Equality Index indicated that they have advancement and retention programming solely focused on their employees with disabilities. The Early Career Talent Accelerator can help by providing companies a tangible way to demonstrate their commitment to developing disabled talent while also offering meaningful, culturally contextualized skills-based career development for their employees with disabilities.