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Disability:IN Washington, formerly known as the Washington State Business Leadership Network (WSBLN) is a state chapter of the Disability:IN (formerly known as U.S. Business Leadership Network) national network.

Our Mission:

Assist our network of business partners in driving performance through disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and market place

Our Vision:

An inclusive global economy where people with disabilities participate fully and meaningfully.

Our Purpose:

We empower business to achieve disability inclusion and equality.

Our Shared Commitments:

To collaborate with purpose to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities, to inspire accessible innovation for all, and to foster cultures of inclusion.

Disability:IN Washington provides participating employers with networking opportunities, education, and information on disability-related topics and resources to effectively increase understanding and awareness in the workplace. Disability: IN Washington also provides lessons learned in recruiting, hiring, accommodating, and improving customer service for people with disabilities. Additionally, Disability:IN Washington assists businesses in navigating and directly linking to government and community resources to get their employment needs met.

In February 1999, Disability:IN Washington began with a small group of employers who were concerned that more than 70% of working-age people with disabilities were unemployed.

In 2003, Disability:IN Washington established itself as a non-profit, 501©3 organization. This model purports a primary business principle “success breeds success.” When an employer talks about the benefits of hiring candidates with disabilities, other employers are eager to do the same.

Disability:IN Washington is an extension of the nationwide Disability:IN Network established in 1994 by the former President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, now coordinated through the Department of Labor’s Office on Disability Employment Policy. Disability:IN serves as the collective voice of over 60 Business Leadership Network affiliates across North America, representing over 5,000 employers. Currently there are 45 chapters in 30 states. One of the Disability:IN Washington’s founding members, Jill Houghton, is currently the president of the Disability:IN.

Disability:IN Washington is an all-volunteer organization. Your contribution will help us provide meaningful educational events. Please support our efforts by getting involved or donating.

Meet the Disability:IN Washington Board