Illustration of bird with fledglings. An arrow points to the trees, with American imagery dotting the landscape. Illustration by Sydney Vine | The Catalyst
Illustration of bird with fledglings. An arrow points to the trees, with American imagery dotting the landscape. Illustration by Sydney Vine | The Catalyst

The Disability Equality Index: The Incalculable Harm of Incompleteness

This is the second of a three-part series discussing the problems associated with and caused by the Disability Equality Index. Part Two critiques the limitations of the questionnaire introduced in Part One and discusses the frightening issue of high-scoring companies having less-than-desirable working conditions and disability inclusion policies in practice.


Disability:IN’s Disability Equality Index, while advertised as an unbiased, third-party resource that benchmarks American companies based on their disability inclusion policies and programs, falls flat in its efforts to accomplish this task. As stated in Part One of this series, the only methodology used by the Index to rate the disability inclusion of participating companies is a questionnaire with just five weighted sections, which is an incredibly narrow method of data collection. Rather than considering a multifaceted collection of issues and properties that make up the umbrella of inclusion, the Index only measures ambiguous categories that are nearly impossible to fully comprehend through the reductive data of a survey. Read more…


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