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Register to Participate in the 1st Annual Disability Equality Index

Interested in participating in the 1st Annual DEI?  Register here by no later than 5:00pm Eastern Time on October 24, 2014: https://disabilityequalityindex.org/deisurvey.

All registered companies will receive access to the 1st Annual DEI Survey the week of October 27, 2014 to begin the submission of responses. Final company survey responses are due on February 20, 2015. DEI survey scores will be finalized by late April 2015.

Please see below for more information.  Questions?  Please contact: info@disabilityequalityindex.org.



About the Disability Equality Index

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.  After the successful completion of the DEI Pilot with 48 Fortune 1000 scope companies in March 2014, the USBLN and AAPD are launching the 1st Annual DEI to Fortune 1000 companies in October 2014.

View the 1st Annual DEI Survey questions here:  [Accessible PDF]

View DEI FAQs here: [DOC] [PDF]



What companies can participate in DEI?

Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly-traded businesses (the Fortune 1000)

Other companies eligible to participate in the 1st Annual DEI include the following, providing they have 3,000 or more full-time employees based in the U.S.:

o   Any private-sector (non-government) employers that are not owned by a larger U.S. incorporated entity

o   Businesses that serve as the U.S. subsidiary of a foreign-based multinational business

o   Foreign-owned private companies on behalf of their U.S. operations

What is the timeline for the DEI?

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

October 24, 2014: Registration period closes

Week of October 27, 2014: Registered companies receive access to the 1st Annual DEI survey

February 20, 2015: Final company survey responses are due

Late April 2015: DEI survey scores will be finalized



Become a DEI Founding Partner

Status as a DEI Founding Partner is a one-time opportunity exclusive to the first 15 companies that come on board by December 31, 2015. 

Learn more about the DEI Founding Partner opportunity and benefits here:  [DOC] [PDF]

DEI Founding Partners

The USBLN and AAPD would like to thank and recognize our first two DEI Founding Partners:  Comcast / NBCUniversal and New Editions Consulting, Inc.


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Meet the DEI 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.

Jeannie Amendola

Member and Past President, CastABLE, Walt Disney World Resort

Administrative Assistant, Public Affairs, Walt Disney World Resort

Helena Berger

Disability Rights Advocate

Sara Bowen

Director, Corporate Counsel, EO Initiatives and Employment Law, Starbucks Coffee Company

Kelby Brick, Esq.

Founder, Brick Advantage, LLC

Mary Brougher

Executive Vice President, Operations, Bender Consulting Services, Inc.

Deborah Dagit

President, Deb Dagit Diversity LLC

Sheri Gilbert Pardo

Assistant General Counsel, Ernst & Young U.S. LLP

Christine M. Griffin

Executive Director, Disability Law Center

Jenny Lay-Flurrie

Senior Director, Accessibility (CPA), Microsoft

Randy Lewis

Founder, No Greatness Without Goodness

Fred J. Maahs Jr.

Director, National Partnerships, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation

Vice President, Comcast Foundation

Susan Mazrui

Director, Public Policy, AT&T Services, Inc.

Will Ris

Senior Vice President, Government & Regulatory Affairs, American Airlines

Neil Romano

President, The Romano Group

Rick Schroder

Manager, Inclusion & Diversity, GlaxoSmithKline

Keith Wiedenkeller

Chief People Officer, AMC Theatres (Retired)

CEO Humane Society of Greater Kansas City

Bob Witeck

President, Witeck Communications, Inc.


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. www.usbln.org

The American Association of People with Disabilities:

Promoting equal opportunity, economic power, independent living and political participation for people with disabilities.

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