The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 57 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80-percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.
Take our free survey to assess your organization's current disability employment policies and practices and receive a benchmarking Scorecard and leading practices. Be recognized for your company’s exemplary performance and earn the NOD Leading Disability Employer Seal™.
Distinguish yourself as a national leader in disability inclusion. Membership in the NOD Corporate Leadership Council offers access to industry experts and NOD research, opportunities to network with peers, and increased brand recognition.
The National Organization on Disability is a leading resource for businesses seeking to access the talent pool of nearly 24 million working-age people with disabilities who are not employed. Our best-in-class Disability Employment Professional Services provide the tools and expert guidance to:
- Attract and retain talent
- Develop accessible and inclusive workplaces
- Transform organizational culture
Our in-depth Disability Inclusion Accelerator™ provides a data-rich view of where you are in your disability inclusion journey–and an action plan to advance your efforts.
Sep 12, 2017
45 organizations recognized for demonstrating exemplary disability hiring and employment practices. This annual recognition is designed to applaud those organizations that are leading the way in disability hiring and to encourage additional companies to tap into the many benefits of hiring talent with disabilities, including strong consumer preference for companies that employ individuals with disabilities and greater employee engagement across the workforce.
Aug 30, 2017
“Disability etiquette and awareness training to all staff, especially managers, leaders and recruiters, is especially useful for team members who may be unsure of how to act around a person with a disability,” NOD President Glazer says. “Such training can go a long way to remove the fear and stigma that otherwise might lead to inaction or alienation.”
Jul 26, 2017
What’s worthy of note about this year’s ADA anniversary is that it falls on our anniversary. The National Organization on Disability turns 35 this year. NOD built our programs and our reputation in the 1980s, as the nationwide call for a new civil rights law to ensure the full equality of Americans with disabilities began to gain momentum....
Jul 26, 2017
"A number of gaps have been closing. Unemployment, unfortunately, is one thing that hasn't improved appreciably since we started measuring." said Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability....
Jul 24, 2017
New Analysis of U.S. Employers Reveals Five Common Attributes of Companies that Excel in Welcoming People with Disabilities into Workforce
The Tracker, which measured practices and outcomes of more than 175 companies that together employ 2.4 million American workers, reveals that companies with a higher than average representation of people with disabilities (4% or greater) share five key inclusion practices in common.....
Jul 5, 2017
Michele Meyer-Shipp is a diversity leader, who’s built a track record of success by using D&I strategies to drive business results at Prudential Financial. NOD recently sat down with Michele to find out what drives her passion for workplace inclusion—and learn more about her strategies for success....
Jun 22, 2017
Technology that is not accessible to individuals with disabilities comes at a high cost to companies. With digital technology overtaking traditional newspaper job listings and hard copy applications as the main interface between businesses and job seekers, companies that adopt accessible hiring technologies can gain a competitive edge in courting talent with disabilities....
Apr 18, 2017
How Boston Can Help America's College Grads with Disabilities Find Jobs | Blog by Carol Glazer + Kathleen A. Petkauskos
Together with local partners in Boston, including Work Without Limits, a program of UMass Medical School, and lead support from The Coca-Cola Foundation, we are launching Campus to Careers, a pilot program to get these talented young men and women with disabilities started in rewarding professional careers...
Feb 3, 2017
NOD welcomes Laura Giovacco, Partner in the Financial Services Office of Ernst & Young LLP to its board of directors. In addition to lending her talents to the NOD board, Giovacco was instrumental in EY joining the National Organization on Disability’s Corporate Leadership Council at the President’s Circle level....
Jan 29, 2017
Gov. Tom Ridge, NOD's Chairman, discusses his passion for disability employment on The CEO Show, sharing that in NOD's work with leading companies like Starbucks, Walmart, “they’ve discovered that it’s not a matter of social responsibility or just meeting some kind of diversity requirement. [Individuals with disabilities] are good, solid, reliable, dependable, effective employees"....
Jan 5, 2017
National Organization on Disability is Proud to Have Welcomed Thirteen New Members to Corporate Leadership Council in 2016
In joining the National Organization on Disability (NOD) Corporate Leadership Council, prominent brands distinguish themselves as leaders in diversity and employers of choice for people with disabilities, while providing critical support for NOD’s mission to expand meaningful employment opportunities to the 20 million working aged Americans with disabilities. NOD President Carol Glazer is pleased to announce that 13 such companies joined the NOD Corporate Leadership Council in 2016, one of the largest classes of new members in NOD’s 35-year history....
Dec 22, 2016
In this newly debuted video, "Employing New Sources of Talent", created by the F.B. Heron Foundation, NOD President Carol Glazer and Jacob Waltuck, an employee whose Autism enables him to excel at his job sit down for a candid discussion about how he contributes at work—and how the talents Americans with disabilities offer are proving to be a benefit to employers....
Dec 9, 2016
Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability, discusses the evolution of disability advocacy and how data and technology are undoing workplace discrimination....
Nov 14, 2016
Coming together in Boston to close gaps between college grads with disabilities and in-demand jobs | BLOG BY CAROL GLAZER
For more than thirty years, the National Organization on Disability (NOD) has been striving to increase job opportunities and economic self-sufficiency for the 29 million working aged Americans with disabilities. Much of our work involves connecting employers seeking to expand their diversity initiatives with work-ready candidates....
Oct 20, 2016
Employees Need to Feel Comfortable Disclosing Disabilities at Work | Blog by NOD President Carol Glazer
The National Organization on Disability was proud to serve as a knowledge partner with the Working Mother Research Institute and PwC on this important new survey, Disabilities in the Workplace.
Oct 20, 2016
Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD) says, “We find anecdotally that disclosing a disability at work can free up a huge amount of ‘emotional real estate.’…Being one’s full self at work, by disclosing a disability at a disability-friendly employer, can increase productivity by increasing trust with co-workers, bosses and lessen the stress from hiding it.”
Oct 17, 2016
The roundtable provided a forum for businesses to share best practices, effective strategies, experiences and lessons learned [in disability employment and] ... tapped into the knowledge and experience of corporate leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to opening the doors of opportunity and fostering a welcoming workplace.
Oct 4, 2016
The race for highly educated professional talent is on, and American businesses are increasingly looking to the untapped potential of people with disabilities to stay competitive and get ahead...
Jul 26, 2016
Our success in the global economy depends, more than ever, on how well we inspire and put to use the talent and energies of every person in this country – every talent, every skill, every ability. That is why the National Organization on Disability was created – to see to it that no ability is wasted, and that everyone has a full and equal chance to play a part in our national progress.
Jul 26, 2016
More than ever before, people with disabilities are present throughout American society—carrying on our daily lives as workers, consumers, students, neighbors and volunteers—and contributing greatly to our national and community life. But America still has a long way to go to close the gaps in levels of participation between people with and without disabilities. We can start by raising our expectations...
Jul 26, 2016
Fulfilling the Promise of the ADA: Innovative Talent Strategies Are Driving Corporate Success | Blog by Carol Glazer
Still today, 24 million working-age Americans with disabilities are not employed. The next step in our progress to realize the ADA is clear: ensure that people with disabilities enjoy full opportunity for employment, enterprise and earnings, and that employers know how to put their talents to work. For us at NOD, that means innovating scalable and sustainable disability employment models that marry the talent needs of corporate America with the skills of working-aged Americans with disabilities...
Jul 13, 2016
Workers with disabilities Can Solve Corporate America's Talent Vacancies | Gov. Tom Ridge on Fox Business
Today, Gov. Tom Ridge, Chairman of the National Organization on Disability, spoke with Fox Business about the many benefits Americans with disabilities are offering to the business community.
Jun 9, 2016
The National Organization on Disability today announced the 27 organizations that have been selected to receive the 2016 Leading Disability Employer Seal™. The Seal is a new effort by NOD to recognize companies that demonstrate exemplary hiring and employment practices for people with disabilities.
Jan 18, 2016
According to Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability (NOD), which works on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities, complying with new regulations for Section 503 should be viewed as more of a "journey" than a destination...
Dec 8, 2015
Since quotas are not legal, Carol Glazer, President of the National Organization on Disability, said that in order for federal contractors to move toward attaining the 7 percent goal they must be very aware of what they are doing and how they are doing it. Glazer suggests utilizing a system to track applicants and hires with disabilities. “You have to keep that on file,” said Glazer. “You have to assess your practices to see how you’re doing. And you have to invite people to self identify voluntarily...”
Nov 11, 2015
Organizations that are welcoming disabled workers are certainly seeing the benefits. “Companies have found that people with disabilities have positive attributes that might not immediately come to mind,” says Carol Glazer, president of the National Organization on Disability. “It takes problem-solving skills, resilience, and sheer tenacity to navigate a world that isn’t necessarily built for you...
Sep 15, 2015
When Carol Glazer visited Starbucks headquarters in Seattle last fall to meet graduates from a unique training program at the company’s roasting plant in Carson City, Nevada, she wasn’t surprised to see pride in the faces of those…