Illustration of a Help Wanted sign with the words, "No Disabled Need Apply" written underneath. Illustration by Melissa Torres | The Catalyst
Illustration of a Help Wanted sign with the words, "No Disabled Need Apply" written underneath. Illustration by Melissa Torres | The Catalyst

The Disability Equality Index: A Mirage of Hope

This is the first of a three-part series discussing the problems associated with and caused by the Disability Equality Index.


Beginning in 2015, the Disability Equality Index is the leading independent, third-party resource for the benchmarking of corporate disability inclusion policies and programs. Claiming to be trusted by over 70% of the Fortune 100, participation in the United States edition of the Index grew from 80 companies at its inception to 485 for the 2023 report. According to the official website of the Index, the Disability Equality Index is an “objective, reflective, forward-thinking, and confidential disability rating tool” crafted to advance inclusion practices.

If only this statement were true. Read more…


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