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 advance disability inclusive employment by inspiring and engaging business leaders to drive change through policy, practice, and culture.


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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CEO Commission The Harkin Institute Release

The Harkin Institute is thrilled to announce its new partnership with the CEO Commission for Disability Employment, a D.C.-based collaborative. In this new partnership, THI and the CEO Commission will work together to advance disability inclusive employment by inspiring and engaging business leaders to drive change through policy, practice, and culture.

Rangam joins the CEO Commission

Rangam joins the CEO Commission to Pledge Greater Support for Disability & Inclusion. The membership reflects Rangam’s unwavering commitment to improving recruitment processes, systems, and attitudes to facilitate greater inclusion of talent with autism, those who are neurodivergent, or with disabilities.

Planning Across the Spectrum joins the CEO Commission

As the newest member  of the CEO Commission, Planning Across the Spectrum will "use their expertise in financial planning, Social Security, Medicaid, retirement plans, and employment structure and benefits to educate families, employers, and lawmakers on the opportunities that can come from employment when the right policies are in place and people are aware of what is available."

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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Why did SHRM decide to become a founding partner to the Commission?

"At SHRM, we are committed to continuing to intentionally grow our talent pool in a way that supports our organizational strategies and upholds our core values. Last year, we also strengthened our commitment to identifying strategic community partnerships to create a pipeline for inclusive talent and help build innovative, high-performing teams aligned with SHRM’s culture. As part of this commitment, we are proud to partner with the CEO Commission, joining forces to create better, more inclusive workplaces for a better world. ”


Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. [headshot]

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. SHRM President and CEO

Why is disability inclusive employment important to Voya?

"In 2015, we embarked on a journey to make disability inclusion a top priority at Voya. At the time, we knew it wasthe right thing to do, and we recognized that Voya was uniquely positioned to address the unmet financial needs of this important community. What we didn’t expect was the transformative effect that our disability inclusion initiatives would have on Voya’s employees, as well as our business results. It really became a bit of a movement – helping us to grow our business, while driving incredible employee engagement and helping our communities.”


Heather Lavallee [headshot]

Heather Lavallee CEO of Voya

Why does the NDSS believe in disability inclusive employment for those with Down syndrome?

"As a leading disability advocacy organization, disability employment is crucial for organizations to recognize the unique strengths and talents that individuals with disabilities bring to the workplace. By fostering an inclusive environment, organizations can create a positive impact on both their employees and the broader community.”



Kandi Pickard [headshot]

Kandi Pickard NDSS President and CEO