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.


CEO Commission Open Letter

In celebration of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, the CEO Commission for Disability Employment is calling fellow CEOs to action!


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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

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