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 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 400 corporate partners, 27 Affiliates, and enduring alliances with LGBTQ individuals, Women, and BIPOC, Disability:IN aims for the day when our organization is no longer needed. We’re IN. Are you?
Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. Our team members come with a variety of lived experiences, which motivate us to work more inclusively and enable us to better meet the needs of our partners.
At Disability:IN, we innovate to ensure that “Accessibility Belongs” at the forefront of business.
Everyone is welcome here because disability runs across every dimension of diversity. We reflect the community we serve, celebrating our differences and what makes us unique. We are our authentic selves.
We perform our work with the highest level of integrity, emphasizing transparency, quality, and accountability in all that we do.
Disability:IN is a catalyst for businesses globally to take positive action that expands disability inclusion and equity. We strive to write a success story worth telling and to envision an accessible world where people with disabilities can achieve their full potential.
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Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Microsoft Chief Accessibility Officer, speaks on a panel with Sarah Herrlinger, Director of Global Accessibility Policy and Initiatives, Apple and Eve Andersson, Director, Accessibility Engineering, Google