Register to Participate in the 2017 DEI

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2017 DEI! The registration process is now closed, as the 2017 DEI is currently under way. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Please also be sure to join the DEI mailing list to stay informed about the DEI and to receive information about the 2018 DEI as soon as updates become available later this year.

About the Disability Equality Index

The DEI is a joint initiative of AAPD and the USBLN. Developed by the DEI Advisory Committee, a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts, and disability advocates, the DEI is a national, transparent, annual 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.

The DEI was first introduced in 2012 and piloted in 2013-2014 with 48 companies. The inaugural (2014-2015) DEI and the 2nd Annual (2016) DEI have since been completed by 80+ companies.

What companies can participate in the DEI?

  • Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly-traded businesses (the Fortune 1000)
  • American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue grossing law firms
  • Other organizations eligible to participate in the 2017 DEI include the following, providing they have 500 or more full-time employees based in the U.S. as of January 1, 2016:
    • 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 DEI?

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

  • January 13, 2017: Registration period closed
  • Week of January 23, 2017: Registered companies receive access to the 2017 DEI 
  • April 21, 2017: Final company responses are due
  • By late June 2017: DEI scores will be finalized

What are the benefits of participating?

  • Companies scoring 80 and up receive a DEI Best Places to Work logo, amongst many other benefits including, but not necessarily limited to:
    • Featured as a 2017 DEI Best Places to Work on the DEI website
    • Recognition in a news release with other top-scoring companies
    • Recognition via social media
    • Invitation to invite-only "DEI Top-Scoring Companies" reception in 2017
    • May have a best practice(s) published in the DEI Annual Report
  • Companies scoring below 80 are kept confidential.
    • The DEI is a continuous improvement tool. It is a carrot, not a stick. The DEI provides ideas for next steps to advance disability inclusion regardless of where you are at in your journey.
  • All company participants, regardless of score, receive a complimentary copy of the 2017 DEI Annual Report, which consists of detailed aggregate results and benchmarking information from the 2017 DEI.


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