A Place for All to Thrive: Booz Allen Receives Two Top Recognitions for Disability Inclusion Practices
July 28, 2021 at 04:00 AM EDT
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This month—which marks the 31st anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act—Booz Allen received two prestigious recognitions for its disability inclusion efforts: it was named CAREERS & the disABLED magazine’s 2021 Private Sector Employer of the Year and earned a 100% score on the Disability Equality Index® (DEI) for the seventh year in a row. These honors underline Booz Allen’s long-term status as a leader in disability inclusion.
For the Employer of the Year award, Careers & the disABLED magazine asked its readers to name employers they would most like to work for or that they believe would provide a progressive environment for people with disabilities. Booz Allen joins a list that includes JPMorgan Chase, Pfizer, State Farm, and Verizon.
“At Booz Allen, our purpose is to empower people to change the world, and that starts with providing an inclusive work environment for everyone,” said Eli Hinson, Booz Allen Lead Technologist and co-chair of the firm’s Global Disabilities Business Resource Group (BRG), in a speech accepting the Employer of the Year award on behalf of the firm.
Employers worldwide use the DEI, a joint initiative of Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities, to benchmark disability workplace inclusion in areas such as culture, leadership, education, and benefits. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 DEI incorporates new questions about innovative technology to advance digital and remote accessibility; mental wellness benefits; services for deaf/ hard-of-hearing employees; and flexible work options.
Inclusion that begins with recruiting
Making Booz Allen—and the world—a more accessible place
Booz Allen employees can receive support from the firm’s Disability Accommodation and 508 Leadership teams—both of which help employees connect with adaptive and accessible technologies and promote the adoption of international and industry accessibility standards inside and outside the firm. To support employees who might need accessible technologies, the team advises:
The firm’s Global Disabilities BRG can also provide support and connection, in addition to providing opportunities for leadership, development, and volunteerism through activities including:
“One in 4 adults in the U.S. has a disability, visible or non-visible. Booz Allen is proud to be recognized as a place where employees with disabilities can bring their whole selves to work and thrive,” said Brian MacCarthy, Booz Allen Vice President and executive sponsor of the firm’s Global Disabilities Business Resource Group.
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