Our story started with the common misperception that people with disabilities could not work. Our roots stem from government, with ties to the Americans with Disabilities Act, but soon realized without an active collaboration with corporate America, people with disabilities would never be able to participate fully, nor meaningfully, in business.
Disability:IN, formerly the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN), is the leading nonprofit resource for business disability inclusion worldwide. Our growing network of over 160 corporations represent businesses that are committed to expanding opportunities for people with disabilities. Our organization along with 50 Affiliates serve as the collective voice to expand our efforts from local to global. Together we have helped businesses attract more than 8,000 talented candidates with disabilities, paving new ground in establishing best practices for disability inclusion in business.
Yet, despite these achievements, the unemployment rate for people with disabilities sits at 8.2%, about twice that of those without disabilities.
To propel business disability inclusion domestically and internationally, USBLN rebranded as Disability:IN. While the misperception of people with disabilities slowly erodes, other barriers remain such as unconscious bias, insufficient accessible technology, and non-inclusive supply chains.
Disability:IN represents a new era for disability inclusion in business. At the same time, the organization remains committed to building a stronger bridge between business and the disability communities.
Empower people. Challenge perceptions about disability and provide career opportunities, training, and mentorship for talent and entrepreneurs with disabilities.
With more than 160 corporate partners, a growing number of affiliates, and enduring alliances with LGBTQ individuals, Women, and People of Color, Disability:IN aims for the day when our organization is no longer needed.