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Disability Equality IndexSM (DEISM)

US Business Leadership Network - (USBLN)

Disability Equality Index - (DEI)

American Association of People with Disabilities - (AAPD)

Learn more about the DEI by visiting:

Register to Participate in the 2nd Annual Disability Equality IndexSM

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2nd Annual DEI. Registration is now closed, as the survey process is currently underway.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact To stay informed and to receive information about the 3rd Annual DEI as soon as updates become available in 2016, please be sure to sign up on our DEI Mailing List.

Inaugural Disability Equality IndexSM Results Announced

The US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) have officially announced the results of the first annual Disability Equality Index (DEI) survey.

The 2014 DEI was completed by 80 Fortune 1000-size companies in early 2015, who were notified of their results in late April. Nineteen of these companies received 100 out of 100 on the survey, which recognizes a broad range of workplace, supply chain and marketplace activities. A total of 43 companies scored an 80 or above.

Points are awarded in four major categories: Culture & Leadership, Enterprise-Wide Access, Employment Practices, and Community Engagement & Support Services. Companies receive points in any given category by demonstrating that they embrace a significant portion of the numerous best practices outlined in each section.

The USBLN and AAPD are honored to recognize the following 19 companies that
scored the top score of 100 points on the 2014 DEI, and, as such,
have been named DEI Best Places to Work:

Disability Equality Index (DEI), Best Places to Work, 2014

Ameren Corporation
Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.
Capital One Financial Corporation
Comcast NBCUniversal
Ernst & Young LLP
Florida Blue
Freddie Mac
Highmark Health
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC)
Procter & Gamble
Qualcomm Incorporated
Sprint Corporation
Starbucks Coffee Company
TD Bank N.A.

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The USBLN and AAPD are also honored to recognize other top-scoring companies.
(Companies that score an 80 or above on the DEI are considered top-scorers)

Companies that scored 90 points on the 2014 DEI include:

Companies that scored 80 points on the 2014 DEI include:

NOTE: 100 points does not mean to convey "perfection." The USBLN and AAPD recognize there is no one "right" way to practice inclusion, and that some practices may be more practical for some companies or industries than others. A 100-point score on the DEI simply means that a company adheres to many of the numerous leading disability inclusion practices featured in the DEI.

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About the Disability Equality IndexSM

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a joint initiative of the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent benchmarking tool that offers businesses an opportunity to receive an objective score, on a scale of zero to 100, on their disability inclusion policies and practices. It is an aspirational, educational, recognition tool that is intended to help companies identify opportunities for continued improvement and help build a company's reputation as an employer of choice.

  • View the 2nd Annual DEISM Survey questions here:  [Accessible PDF]
  • View DEISM FAQs here:  [DOC] [PDF]

Who is invited to participate in the DEISM survey?

  • Fortune magazine's 1,000 largest publicly-traded businesses (the Fortune 1000)
  • Other companies welcome to participate include the following, providing they have 3,000 or more full-time employees based in the U.S. as of January 1, 2015:
    • Private-sector (non-government) employers that are not owned by a larger U.S. incorporated entity
    • Businesses that serve as the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign-based multinational business
    • Foreign-owned private companies on behalf of their U.S. operations

What is the timeline for the DEISM?

The following dates are provided for planning purposes and are subject to slight modification:

  • December 4, 2015: Registration period closed
  • Week of December 14, 2015: Registered companies received access to the 2nd Annual DEI survey
  • March 11, 2016: Final company survey responses are due
  • Late Spring 2016: DEI survey scores will be finalized

DEISM Founding Partners:

The USBLN and AAPD would like to thank and recognize our DEI Founding Partners.

Companies interested in learning more about other DEI opportunities should contact Keith Wiedenkeller, DEI Chief Strategy Officer, at

Exclusive Founding Technology Partner

Comcast NBC / Universal

Founding Partners

American Airlines


CVS Health


Ernst & Young


Highmark Health


Lockheed Martin


New Editions, Consulting Company

Northrop Grumman

Raytheon               Walmart

Meet the DEISM Advisory Committee:

The USBLN and AAPD are honored to be working with the DEI Advisory Committee - a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, who have assembled to share with the USBLN and AAPD their knowledge, expertise, and vision to enhance disability inclusion policies and practices in the workplace.

About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)

The US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®) is a national non-profit that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN® serves as the collective voice of over 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. Additionally, the USBLN® Disability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP) is the nation's leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses, including businesses owned by service-disabled veterans.

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. AAPD's members, including people with disabilities and family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site:

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