Research Article

Article Details

Citation:  Gould, R.; Harris, S.P.; Mullin, C.; & Jones, R. (2020). Disability, diversity, and corporate social responsibility: Learning from recognized leaders in inclusion. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 52 (1), 29-42.
Title:  Disability, diversity, and corporate social responsibility: Learning from recognized leaders in inclusion
Authors:  Gould, R.; Harris, S.P.; Mullin, C.; & Jones, R.
Year:  2020
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  IOS Press
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  Yes

Structured abstract:

Background:  Disability is seldom considered a diversity dimension in employer diversity and inclusion strategies. Relatedly, people with disabilities remain underrepresented in the workforce. This exclusion is notable given rising social and political expectations to enhance employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Purpose:  The authors analyzed factors impacting the integration of disability into organizational practices aimed at recruiting a diverse workforce. The purpose of this synthesis was to develop a descriptive and theoretical mapping of strategies entities use to market their disability inclusion efforts.
Data collection and analysis:  The research team conducted a content analysis of 34 corporate social responsibility reports from organizations that are nationally recognized for their efforts toward disability inclusion.
Findings:  Four practices that organizations use to showcase disability inclusion were identified: diversity and inclusion statements, employee resource groups, supplier diversity initiatives, and targeted hiring and recruitment plans. Findings are framed within emerging disability and management theories, as they relate to employee recognition and advancing meaningful inclusion.
Conclusions:  Businesses have not yet prioritized disability within diversity and inclusion reporting and corporate social responsibility strategies. However, as businesses face increased demands for disability inclusion, there will need to be continued research on inclusive practices, organizational culture, and workplace policies.

Disabilities served:  Autism / ASD
Cerebral palsy
Chronic mental illness
Cognitive / intellectual impairment
Developmental disabilities
Down syndrome
Hearing impairment
Learning disabilities
Multiple sclerosis
Muscular dystrophy
Spinal cord injury (SCI)
Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
Visual impairment
Severe physical disability
Multiple disabilities
Populations served:  Adults
Interventions:  Accommodations
Job search and placement assistance
Supported employment
Training and technical assistance
Vocational rehabilitation
Customized employment
Outcomes:  Employment acquisition
Full-time employment