126 Major Businesses Rated “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”

Fortune 1000 Corporations are recognized as a part of the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI)

Results from the annual Disability Equality Index reveal 126 companies truly prioritizing the inclusion of people with disabilities and honored as the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. Participants – Fortune 1000 corporations and Am Law 100 – are leaders across twenty-five unique business sectors with a significant global presence of over 7.8 million employees. The full company list can be accessed here: https://disabilityequalityindex.org/top_companies.

Note: The companies are listed in alphabetical order, by the company name as provided to AAPD and Disability: IN.
Companies that scored 100%
AMC Theatres
Ameren Corporation
American Airlines
American Electric Power
Anthem, Inc.
BAE Systems, Inc.
Bank of America
Baylor Scott & White Health
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Harris Bank
Boehringer Ingelheim
Booz Allen Hamilton
Boston Scientific
Brown-Forman Corporation
Capital One Financial Corporation
Centene Corporation
CVS Health
Dell Inc.
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
DTE Energy
Express Scripts
Fidelity Investments
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)
Florida Blue
Freddie Mac
General Motors
GlaxoSmithKline plc
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Health Care Service Corporation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise
Highmark Health
HP Inc.
Huntington National Bank
Intel Corporation
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Kaiser Permanente
L’Oréal USA
Lincoln Financial Group
Lockheed Martin
Mayo Clinic
Northrop Grumman Corporation
Old National Bank
Pacific Gas & Electric
PNC Financial Services, Inc.
Proctor & Gamble
Prudential Financial
Qualcomm, Inc.
Southern Company
Spaulding Rehabilitation Network
Sprint Corporation
State Street Corporation
TD Bank
The Boeing Company
The Dow Chemical Company
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thomson Reuters
Tufts Health Plan
U.S. Bank
United Airlines
Walmart Inc.
Wells Fargo & Company
Whirlpool Corporation
Companies that scored 90%
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
DXC Technology
Johnson & Johnson
M&T Bank
McKesson Corporation
Northern Trust
Northwestern Mutual
OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
Quest Diagnostics
Raytheon Company
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Southern California
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Voya Financial
Companies that scored 80%
Choice Hotels
CSX Transportation, Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Monsanto Company
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Southwest Airlines
United Technologies Corporation
Unum Group
W.W. Grainger


The DEI is a joint initiative between American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), jointly designed by disability advocates and business leaders as the nation’s most trusted comprehensive benchmarking tool for disability inclusion. The Index measures key performance indicators across organizational culture, leadership, accessibility, employment, community engagement, support services and supplier diversity.

In its fourth year, the DEI has experienced nearly a 32% increase in year-over-year participation, signaling disability inclusion is on the rise across industries. 70% of businesses participating in the 2017 DEI chose to also participate in 2018, utilizing the tool as multi-year benchmarking roadmap.

AAPD Board Chair Ted Kennedy, Jr will be honoring the 126 businesses on July 11th at the USBLN Annual Conference in Las Vegas.

“AAPD is thrilled to see increased participation in this year’s DEI. The commitment to disability inclusion is becoming a priority for more and more corporations,” said Helena Berger, President and CEO of AAPD. “While we have made great strides since the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the number of disabled individuals getting hired has not significantly increased. The DEI was created to help advance employment opportunities and outcomes for people with disabilities.”

The aggregate results and efforts of participating DEI businesses highlight key industry trends and areas for improvement.

Indicators of commitment to disability inclusion:

  • 94% of DEI companies reported having a Senior Executive (within the first two levels reporting to CEO) who is internally recognized as being a person with a disability and/or as an ally for people with disabilities.
  • 72% of DEI companies had expenditures with certified disability-owned businesses and/or certified service-disabled veteran-owned businesses.

Opportunities to strengthen disability inclusion:

  • Only 55% of DEI businesses have a company-wide external and internal commitment to digital accessibility.
  • 44% of 2018 DEI companies make all job interview candidates aware of the option to request an accommodation(s) for the interview.
  • Just 34% of DEI businesses have a public smart-phone app that is audited for accessibility.

“We applaud those companies that choose to take the DEI year after year and truly commit to advancing disability inclusion,” said Jill Houghton, President and CEO of USBLN. “Although we are far from true inclusion of people with disabilities across the enterprise, the DEI signals corporate America is recognizing inclusion as a competitive edge and beneficial for all.”

Companies can register for the 2019 DEI at https://www.disabilityequalityindex.org/register.


About the Disability Equality Index (DEI)
The Disability Equality Index (DEI) serves as the nation’s most trusted annual benchmarking tool allowing America’s leading corporations to self-report their disability policies and practices. This evolving tool scores each corporation on a scale from 0 to 100, with top scorers (80 and above) recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion”. The DEI is a joint initiative between the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). The benchmark was developed by the two national leaders in consultation with the appointed DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse and voluntary group of experts in business, policy, and disability advocacy.

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)
The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) is a convener, connector, and catalyst for change, increasing the political and economic power of people with disabilities. As a national cross-disability rights organization, AAPD advocates for full civil rights for the 56+ million Americans with disabilities.

About the US Business Leadership Network® (USBLN®)
USBLN (US Business Leadership Network) unites business around disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain and marketplace. USBLN has more than 160 corporate partners spanning the technology, healthcare, financial, transportation, entertainment, and retail industries. USBLN serves as a collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network Affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. USBLN has various nationally recognized tools and programs, such as the Disability Equality Index and the leading disability-owned business enterprise (DOBE) certification program, to bridge inclusive companies with people and organizations within the disability community.