Mathematica is honored to announce that, for the second year in a row, it has been named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion by the Disability Equality Index®. We received a top score for a range of important disability-inclusion policies that help ensure our current and prospective employees with disabilities feel welcome, valued, and positioned for successful careers.
“We recognize that people with disabilities bring skills, perspectives, and lived experiences that advance Mathematica’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and its mission. We are honored to have received this recognition for a second year,” said Dawnavan Davis, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer.
The Disability Equality Index is a joint initiative between the American Association of People with Disabilities and Disability:IN. It is a comprehensive benchmarking tool that helps companies build a road map of measurable, tangible actions to achieve disability inclusion and equality. Mathematica received top marks for having an accessible workplace, strong employment practices such as benefits, recruitment practices, and accommodation practices that fully incorporate and include individuals with disabilities, a supportive culture and strong leadership commitment to disability inclusion throughout the organization, a disability-related employee resource group, and a diversity council that helps guide internal and external company initiatives.
Jess Coldren, a co-leader of Mathematica’s Disability Employee Resource Group, provided guidance on how companies can combat barriers to hiring and retaining people with disabilities. “Keep listening, keep working, and keep trying to make progress,” said Coldren. “Some barriers—like inequalities in the health care system and income—are very large and working to address them is vital. But changing internal processes and creating a welcoming environment can shape the day-to-day life of employees with disabilities. Offering a supportive environment where these employees don’t need to worry about speaking up about what they need can have a huge impact on quality of life.”
Mathematica is committed to continuing its journey to becoming a more inclusive, equitable, and diverse workplace for all people, including people with disabilities. Visit our website for more information about how we’ve made diversity, equity, and inclusion a cornerstone of our policies and practices and how we infuse DEI principles into our work and our workplace.