Disabilities At Work relies on the commitment and integrity of its Endorsing Agencies, many of whom have served people with disabilities for decades, to carefully consider whether a business has earned the right to display the Disabilities At Work logo.
Businesses can earn the right to display the Disabilities At Work logo in any one of a number of ways, which can be appropriate for a particular business in a particular area or within its financial limitations. For example, a business might:
- make special efforts to find and recruit qualified people with disabilities for available jobs,
- provide funding for adult residential centers, children’s hospitals, or service providers,
- donate to non-profit organizations that employ numbers of people with disabilities,
- include disabled-owned businesses on their approved vendor list,
- participate in national Disability Mentoring Day,
- be an active member of a local Business Leadership Network,
- contribute to research efforts that seek cures for disabling conditions,
- work with service providers, job coaches, and educational programs to make sure that teachers and trainers know what skills are necessary for available jobs, or
- donate directly to the Disabilities At Work campaign according to a prescribed contributions schedule based on business size.
Because local service providers know their communities best, Disabilities At Work rarely overrides the endorsement of a business by a Endorsing Agency.
Endorsing Agencies must often make a ‘judgment call’ when making a DAW endorsement, weighing a number of considerations when endorsing a business and should carefully consider what limitations a particular business might have. Several examples follow.
- Businesses that work with service providers to help prepare people with disabilities for the workforce, and that provide people with disabilities every opportunity to obtain employment would be worthy of endorsement.
- A $1,000 contribution made by a Fortune 500 business to the only service provider in a region may not be worthy of an endorsement, but the same level of endorsement by the local convenience store would certainly be worthy of endorsement.
- Ten $1,000 contributions to multiple local service providers by a Fortune 500 business would be worthy of endorsement.
- A $100 contribution to a local residential home made by a medium-sized business in a small western town may be worthy of endorsement if many businesses of similar sizes donate at the same level. But if the average contribution is $1,500 from businesses of similar sizes, the lesser amount might not make the business endorsement-worthy.
- A Fortune 500 business that accepts one individual for Disability Mentoring Day may be worthy of endorsement if the activity represents its first foray into supporting people with disabilities. But one year later, if the same Fortune 500 business again accepts only one individual for Disability Mentoring Day, the business might not have earned another year of endorsement.
- Businesses are endorsed based on their corporate-wide commitment to people with disabilities. A business that has hired several people with disabilities in the south may not be able to find qualified people in the northeast and would still be eligible for endorsement.