Mayo Clinic has been named one of the best places to work for people with disabilities by the American Association of People with Disabilities, the nation’s largest disability rights organization, and Disability:IN, the global business disability inclusion network.
Mayo Clinic scored 100% on the Disability Equality Index to achieve this recognition.
People with disabilities represent more than 1 billion of the overall global population.
The Disability Equality Index evaluates whether organizations are adopting emerging trends and pioneering measures to move from accommodating those with disabilities to inclusion and, ultimately, genuine belonging.
Mayo Clinic’s commitment to welcoming all into its workforce is apparent in its consistent score year after year.
“Mayo Clinic is committed to diversity and inclusion, creating a welcoming environment for everyone,” says Benjamin Ziemer, vice chair of Research Administration Services at Mayo Clinic in Florida and executive sponsor of the Disability Mayo Employees Resource Group. “This is part of our inclusive culture and among the strategic priorities of the organization, as well as Research. We are intentional in diverse recruitment to attract and retain top talent, including those with disabilities.”
The Disability Equality Index was created by the Disability Equality Index Advisory Committee — a diverse group of business leaders, policy experts and advocates — to help businesses make a positive impact by employing people with disabilities.
The index is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a roadmap of measurable actions to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Companies complete a survey and receive a score on a scale of zero to 100. Those earning 80 and above are recognized as a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
Mayo Clinic gathered data from all of its locations to complete the survey.
The 2022 survey measured:
- Culture and leadership.
- Access across the organization.
- Employment practices, including benefits, recruitment, employment, education, retention and advancement, and accommodations.
- Community engagement.
- Supplier diversity.
- Operations outside the U.S.
Out of 415 companies, 240 received a score of 100, 68 received a score of 90, and 27 received a score of 80.
“Disability is a natural part of the human experience,” says Dawn Kirchner, a diversity recruitment specialist at Mayo Clinic. “It is encountered across age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and religion.”