The mission of Spaulding Rehabilitation Network was built around supporting individuals as they strive to reach their greatest abilities. Spaulding’s commitment to that mission—not only for its patient population, but for its workforce as well—has been recognized once again by a leading national coalition dedicated to workforce disability inclusion.

Named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” Spaulding received a top score of 100 from the 2018 Disability Equality Index (DEI). The mark is Spaulding’s highest ever in the survey and is second straight year they are honored by the DEI. The index is an initiative of Disability: IN (formerly the US Business Leadership Network, or USBLN) and the American Association of People with Disabilities. It measures cross-sector Fortune 1000 companies’ commitment to environmental, social, and governance policies that foster employment opportunities and positive outcomes for people living with disabilities.

“To achieve a top score in the 2018 Disability Index is truly a proud achievement for all of us at Spaulding. This is a testament to the commitment from our entire workforce to embrace that inclusion should be part of everything we do,” said David Storto, President, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

That commitment is apparent in a range of Spaulding workplace programs that exceed basic compliance requirements in order to support people with disabilities and recognize their unique contributions. They include Project SEARCH, a workplace-based high school transition program that provides local students with developmental and intellectual disabilities with job skills and job search skills to prepare for them for post-academic employment; Working Partners, a partnership between Spaulding and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission that encourages people with disabilities to apply to open Spaulding health care positions and provides multifaceted support for Spaulding patients following significant injury or illness; and the Charlestown Spaulding building itself, which has won awards and honors for its inclusive architectural design, benefiting both patients and employees alike.

Spaulding was among 126 organized recognized for a score of 80 or above at the USBLN 20th annual conference in Las Vegas on July 11.

“Work is empowering for all of us and whether you live with a disability or are re-entering the workforce as a returning veteran, you deserve an equal opportunity,” adds Storto. “We are so proud to be among the companies at the forefront who understand inclusion is more than the right thing to do; it’s good business.”

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