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2012 Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion

Welcome Letter

Leading Practices on Disability InclusionSuccessful businesses recognize that incorporating disability in all diversity and inclusion practices positively impacts their companies’ bottom line. Corporate CEOs understand that it’s cost effective to recruit and retain the best talent regardless of disability. Chief technology officers know that technologies that are usable by all employees lead to greater productivity. Senior purchasing managers recognize the economic benefits of broadening their supplier bases to include diverse categories, such as disability owned businesses, and savvy marketing directors eagerly embrace opportunities to increase their companies’ share of new markets.

While businesses sometimes encounter serious challenges as they seek to implement inclusion strategies, many employers have overcome these hurdles with robust and creative practices. Through the Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion initiative, the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce invited business leaders to share their successful disability inclusion strategies. This publication highlights successful strategies that can be used by businesses of all sizes to create a more inclusive workplace, marketplace, and supply chain. Real-life examples, such as these, are important to help businesses realize the wide range of opportunities available and the potential for replicating success.

The companies and leaders featured in this publication provide valuable insights on the successes they have realized through the inclusion of people with disabilities in all aspects of their corporate enterprises as well as in their marketing. In addition to these effective strategies, an assessment is included as a tool to initiate or enhance your company’s disability-friendly corporate practices.

Sincerely,

Jill Houghton
Acting Executive Director
US Business Leadership Network

Thomas J. Donohue
President and CEO
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion Booklet: (DOC | PDF)

USBLN® Workplace Disability Inclusion Assessment Tool: (DOC | PDF)
(This checklist is designed to provide employers with a tool to initiate or enhance their disability-friendly corporate practices).

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Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion - Photo Gallery
April 12, 2011, Washington, D.C.
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Photos by Ian Wagreich
Photo credit: U.S. Chamber of Commerce www.uschamber.com

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