Register to Participate in the 2nd Annual Disability Equality Index

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 2nd Annual DEI! The registration process is now closed, as the 2nd Annual 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 3rd Annual DEI as soon as updates become available in 2016.

About the Disability Equality Index

The Disability Equality Index (DEI) is a joint initiative of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) and the US Business Leadership Network (USBLN). 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, and the successful completion of the 1st Annual DEI with 80 Fortune 1000 scope companies in April 2015, AAPD and the USBLN are launching the 2nd Annual DEI to Fortune 1000 scope companies in December 2015.

What companies can participate in the DEI?

  • Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly-traded businesses (the Fortune 1000)
  • Other companies eligible to participate in the 2nd Annual DEI include the following, providing they have 3,000 or more full-time employees based in the U.S. as of January 1, 2015:
    • 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:

  • December 4, 2015: Registration period closed
  • Week of December 14, 2015: Registered companies receive access to the 2nd Annual DEI survey
  • March 11, 2016: Final company survey responses are due
  • Late Spring 2016: DEI survey scores will be finalized

About the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

The American Association of People with Disabilities is the nation's largest disability rights organization. AAPD promotes equal opportunity, economic power, independent living, and political participation for people with disabilities. AAPD’s members, including people with disabilities and family, friends, and supporters, represent a powerful force for change. To learn more, visit the AAPD Web site:

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.

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