America prospers when every one of its citizens can contribute their talents and energy to improving our economy, our country, and our way of life. On the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN®) are proud to commemorate this landmark law and the vital role it plays in creating opportunities for countless Americans. Indeed, many of these opportunities are provided by the business community, which is committed to advancing the ADA’s legacy of equality of opportunity for all. For American businesses, employing individuals with disabilities is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do.
While businesses sometimes encounter serious challenges as they seek to implement disability inclusion strategies, many employers have overcome these hurdles with robust and creative practices. As a collaborative initiative to share inclusion practices that succeed, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the USBLN® invited congressional and business leaders to participate in the third Corporate Disability Employment Summit: Leading Practices on Disability Inclusion on July 31, 2015.
Prior to the summit, business leaders were asked to share their successful disability inclusion strategies. This publication highlights these strategies, which businesses of all sizes can use 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. An assessment tool is also included to initiate or enhance your company’s disability-friendly corporate practices.