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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – On the 30th year anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Novant Health has been as one of the “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion” by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). This recognition comes after completing the Disability Equality Index (DEI) for the first time, which is a prominent benchmarking tool to gauge an organization’s level of disability workplace inclusion relative to other businesses in such areas as culture, accessibility, employment practices, community engagement and supplier diversity.
“This recognition demonstrates how we’re living out our core value of diversity and inclusion at Novant Health,” said Tanya S. Blackmon, chief diversity, inclusion and equity officer. “We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all patients and team members, including those with disabilities.”
Novant Health scored an 80 percent on the 2020 survey. Top-scoring businesses — those who score 80 percent or higher — are recognized as “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.”
Here are a few ways Novant Health is creating an inclusive environment for individuals with disabilities:
On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the ADA — a comprehensive civil rights statue that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in employment and access to government services and public accommodations. The law was amended in 2008, resulting in significant changes to the definition of “disability” under the ADA.