As with any new organizational initiative, communicating with your employees—clearly and often—is essential to ensure that your disability employment and inclusion program is a success.

Beyond your employees, you may want to communicate to external audiences, too—to help grow your recruiting pipeline, or just build awareness and excitement around your diversity and inclusion efforts.

For both internal and external messages, you should work with your corporate communications team to develop a plan based on your communication goals. It should contain specific messages, channels of delivery and timing for each of your relevant audiences.

Building and Communicating Your Inclusive Employment Culture:

“Creating a culture of inclusion that welcomes everyone, including those with disabilities, creates an environment of collaboration and a shared commitment to excellence. We have seen positive cultural changes happen when companies begin to include people with disabilities into their workforce and the marketplace.”
— Meg O’Connell, President, Global Disability Inclusion

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Case Studies

Walgreens

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

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General Motors

Long a leader in disability accommodation processes in manufacturing, learn how GM broadened its disability inclusion practices even further.

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Pepsi’s ACT Initiative

Since 2014, Pepsi's ACT (Achieving Change Together) initiative has resulted in jobs for more than 200 people with disabilities.

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