This guide provides a framework on the real business benefits of disability inclusion and how to implement disability inclusion for your company.

Table of Contents:

Getting Started – Your Guide to Disability Inclusion 
What is disability inclusion, why does it matter, what are its benefits, and how do I begin a program at my company?

Step 1 – Hiring People With Disabilities: Building the Business Case
How to use facts and figures to present a clear business case for hiring people with disabilities.

Step 2 – Define Your Disability Employment Initiative
How to clearly build and communicate your initiative so it integrates into your company’s broader culture, vision, and values.

Step 3 – The Planning Process
How to set objectives, put together your team, assess facility readiness and design your program.

Step 4 – Finding and Working With Community Partners
How to find and work with these important local resources to help you find qualified people with disabilities.

Step 5 – Building Your Culture
How to effectively communicate internally and externally, ensuring that employees understand how best to work with with people with disabilities.

Step 6 – Managing the Screening and Review Process
How to hire the right talent for the job, set expectations, and ensure optimal employee performance.

Step 7 – Measuring Your Disability Employment Initiative’s Success
How to track progress once your program is in place and decide what comes next.

Step 8 – Additional Resources for Your Disability Employment Initiative
Many of these sources will be a great help supporting your specific efforts.

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“My son, Austin, has Autism. Visiting him in the classroom surrounded by other children with all kinds of disabilities, I saw the harsh reality they all would face as they grew older when it came to employment. But as my son’s progress continued to surprise me, I also saw a grand possibility. And if we at Walgreens couldn’t do something about it, who could?”
Randy Lewis, Former Senior Vice President - Supply Chain & Logistics, Walgreens

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Case Studies

Boston Scientific Corporation

Discover some of the strategies—such as outreach to local colleges and focus groups—that helped Boston Scientific succeed with its diversity inclusion efforts.

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Pepsi’s ACT Initiative

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Walgreens

Higher productivity. Lower turnover. Staff positivity. These are some of the results of Walgreens' disability employment inclusion program.

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