From Jill Houghton, Disability:IN President & CEO
It has been 31 years since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act – a landmark federal law that protects the rights of all people with disabilities.
Globally, people with disabilities represent over one billion people or 15% of the population. We are 1 in 5 Americans, and twice as likely to be unemployed/underemployed than those without disabilities.
Disability:IN grew out of the belief that business has the power to include. Since then, we have been working to empower business to advance disability inclusion and equality.
At Disability:IN we know that people with disabilities are problem solvers and help companies drive innovation. In fact, “Getting to Equal: The Disability Inclusion Advantage,” a report based on data from the Disability Equality Index and published by Accenture in partnership with American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN demonstrated that companies that are prioritizing disability inclusion had 28% higher revenue, two times the net income, and 30% higher economic profit margins.
So the bottom line is that it pays to be disability inclusive. Disability inclusion is a significant opportunity for companies to improve their performance, increase labor-force diversity, and develop a sustainable corporate culture.
It is a continuous journey to move the needle on employment and accessibility and we invite you to join IN and commit to advancing inclusion disability inclusion.