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Disability inclusion business expertise

By Understood Team

Disability inclusion in the workplace

Disability inclusion is a critical part of any business.

Employees with disabilities make up a large percentage of the workforce. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in four adults in the United States has a disability.

That includes invisible disabilities as well as visible ones. Many employees have disabilities, whether or not they’ve disclosed those disabilities at work.

Without disability inclusion, your business isn’t doing all it can to support its current employees. And if your company isn’t proactive about disability inclusion in the hiring process, you may be losing out on top candidates.

Companies with strong disability inclusion programs have better employee retention and better access to talent. They have the tools they need to help their employees thrive.

Workplace disability inclusion cohort

Join a community of companies that are committed to excellence in disability inclusion.

Through a two-year engagement, employers in our Inclusive Careers Cohort will become:

  • Attractive to talent with disabilities

  • Accommodating to employees with disabilities

  • Inclusive, engaging, and rewarding places to work for all employees

We’ll lead you through the disability inclusion journey, from hiring and onboarding to creating a more inclusive culture.

To complement our proven approach, we take each company through a test-and-learn process. That way, we can make sure the results meet your company’s specific needs. The strategies and innovations we build together will help your company lead the way when it comes to disability inclusion.

To learn more, email Claire Odom at codom@understood.org.

Grocers Inclusion Cohort

The Grocers Inclusion Cohort is designed to fit the unique needs and challenges of the grocery industry. Learn more about the Grocers Inclusion Cohort .

Our disability inclusion experts

Our disability inclusion experts are available for conferences, speaking engagements, and trainings.

James Emmett, Lead Workplace Strategist 

James Emmett is one of the most recognizable experts in the field of disability inclusion, having helped plan and execute initiatives that have resulted in over 80,000 jobs for people with disabilities. He has worked on many of the most visible disability inclusion initiatives with companies like Walgreens, Best Buy, Office Depot/Max, PepsiCo, and Mercy Health. As a result, he has received numerous awards for his innovative approach to company-owned disability inclusion. His vision is to forever change the business and disability communities by helping companies of all sizes and industries create best-in-class disability inclusion initiatives.

Claire Odom, Senior Program Manager 

Claire Odom is passionate about disability inclusion and has more than a decade of experience creating inclusive workplaces. She started her career as a job coach and job developer, working closely with job seekers and employment partners to create lasting employment outcomes for people with significant intellectual disabilities. After earning a master’s degree in social work from Columbia University, Claire joined the Understood team in 2018 to develop and oversee the Inclusive Careers Cohort.

Disability employment customer story

Hear from the president of one of our cohort companies about how they’re implementing a best-in-class disability employment program with the support of Understood.

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