All In: Easterseals Plan for Disability Equity

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All In: The Plan for Disability Equity

All In: The Plan
for Disability Equity

Easterseals is committed to change the way the world defines and views disability and to build an equitable work environment for all people with disabilities. We invite all employers in corporate America to take our pledge to make disability equity a reality.

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Driven by our purpose to change the way the world defines and views people with disabilities, Easterseals is committed to building an equitable work environment for people with disabilities – and that begins with you. With Easterseals’ 10-point plan for disability equity, your pledge will confirm your commitment to creating a fair and inclusive environment for all of us.

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Easterseals 10-Point Plan for Disability Equity

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Achieve Disability Equity in the Workplace. Not Just Diversity.

Demonstrate diverse recruiting, hiring, retention, promotion, action and measurement through written retention and advancement policy.

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Reduce the Pay Gap. People with Disabilities Earn 34% Less.

Increase wages of employees with disabilities to industry standards.

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Advocate for Better Part-Time Benefits.

Review your part-time benefits programs with employees with disabilities in mind. Create a plan to better accommodate part-time employees with disabilities given that 17% people with disabilities are part-time workers.

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Require Digital Accessibility and Inclusion.

Assess your digital access for employees with disability. Document a plan that improves digital accessibilities for remote employees with disabilities. (Do the same for customers with disabilities to harness their $22B in buying power!)

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Measure and Publicly Report Your Disability Equity Performance.

Define accountable measures that are consistent with this pledge and agree to release an annual public report with new goals and objectives for the upcoming year.

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Include People with Disabilities in Your Company’s Marketing

Require that people with disabilities have an appropriate presence in your company’s marketing, advertising and social media strategies - one in four people in America have a disability.

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Make Invisible Disabilities Like Mental Health Visible and Acceptable.

Make a plan and introduce support services for employees that experience any of the hundreds of invisible disabilities that exist through your employee assistance programs (EAPs). Ensure your employees feel comfortable in disclosing their disabilities.

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Refocus Philanthropic Giving to Areas that Drive Disability Equity.

Direct a percentage of your charitable giving annually to advance economic sustainability among people with disabilities, specifically focusing on employment support and job training programs.

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Eliminate Workplace Microaggressions and Misunderstandings. Create a Culture of Community.

Introduce ways in which to educate employees and achieve a corporate culture that puts an end to microaggressions and misunderstandings against people with disabilities.

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Sign Up and Take the Disability Equality Index Annually.

Participate in the Disability: IN DEI Index annually to assess your company’s disability equity.

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