The CEO Commission for Disability Employment was founded by Voya Financial, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS), to be a source of research and information, actionable steps and advocacy opportunities for member companies to recruit and onboard individuals with disabilities into their organizations.


70% of human resource professionals reported not having a disability inclusion initiative within their companies. (SHRM)


31% of adults with disabilities do not have access to adequate transportation -- twice the rate as compared to adults without disabilities.
--The American Association of People with Disabilities

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New Report: Competitive, Integrated Employment: A Driver of Long-Term Value Creation

A research paper released in conjunction with The 2022 Harkin International Disability Employment Summit shows that companies that make a commitment to competitive, integrated employment for persons with disabilities enjoy a competitive advantage and are positioned to capitalize on a $13 trillion global disability market.

The paper, written by Harkin Institute Senior Fellow Robert Ludke, is the latest publication in his ongoing work to explore the connection between disability inclusion and long-term value creation for shareholders, stakeholders, and society. The research paper was a collaboration with the CEO Commission's founding member, Voya Cares, Voya Financial’s program that serves people with disabilities and their caregivers. 

SHRM Foundation Launches Employing Abilities at Work Certificate Program

Today, the SHRM Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), a founding member of the CEO Commission, announced the launch of its Employing Abilities at Work Certificate program.

JUSTLY Joins the CEO Commission for Disability Employment

As a member of the CEO Commission for Disability Employment, JUSTLY is committed to actively collaborating with the commission to develop best practices that promote diverse hiring strategies for the 21st century economy.

About Us

The CEO Commission is designed to increase opportunities for people with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. We aim to accomplish this by building a diverse coalition of private-sector organizations, including businesses of different sizes, including both for-profit and non-profit entities. Through effective collaboration and research, the CEO Commission will promote best-practices across the entire business community to decrease barriers individuals with disabilities face in accessing employment.

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The CEO Commission for Disability Employment understands to reverse decades of exclusion there need to be systematic policy changes.

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Systemic barriers exist for individuals living with disabilities to obtain and maintain employment. The CEO Commission for Disability Employment is bringing awareness to these barriers through private and public policy solutions

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“Right now, many HR professionals and employees are not receiving disability inclusion training in the workplace, and this is a missed opportunity. As organizations rethink their talent strategies and rebuild their businesses, it’s imperative employers provide resources and support to hire, and welcome, individuals with disabilities.”

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., Jr. [headshot]

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM President and CEO

“At Voya Financial, we know that disability inclusion—not only in the workplace, but everywhere—is good for our customers, our employees and society. People with disabilities and special needs have a right to equal opportunities—and they have a right to unlimited opportunities”

Rodney O. Martin, Jr. [headshot]

Rodney O. Martin, Jr. Voya Chairman and CEO

“As the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome, it is our mission to work toward a society in which those with Down syndrome and other disabilities have fair opportunities.”

Kandi Pickard [headshot]

Kandi Pickard NDSS President and CEO