Our story started with the common misperception that people with disabilities could not work. Our roots stem from government, with ties to the Americans with Disabilities Act, but we soon realized without an active collaboration with corporate America, people with disabilities would never be able to participate fully, nor meaningfully, in business. Disability:IN, formerly the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), has since become the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide.
Yet, despite these achievements, the labor force participation rate for people with disabilities sits at 32.8%; compared to 77.1% for those without disabilities (source: national Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) reports). To propel business disability inclusion domestically and internationally, USBLN rebranded as Disability:IN. While the misperception of people with disabilities slowly erodes, other barriers remain such as unconscious bias, insufficient accessible technology, and non-inclusive supply chains.
Disability:IN represents a new era for disability inclusion in business. At the same time, the organization remains committed to building a stronger bridge between business and the disability communities. With more than 220 corporate partners, 27 Affiliates, and enduring alliances with LGBTQ individuals, Women, and People of Color, Disability:IN aims for the day when our organization is no longer needed. We’re IN. Are you?