New regulations require that government contractors that have 50 or more employees and do more than $50,000 in business with the federal government invite every job applicant, new hire, and current employee in the United States to indicate whether they have a disability. This report investigates what companies are doing to build a diversity-inclusive culture and encourage employees with disabilities to voluntarily self-identify. It will help organizations meet the threshold as government contractors to create an environment in which employees may feel comfortable self-identifying. The report is based on a survey of 98 companies and interviews with disability experts.


Mary B. Young, D.B.A

Mary B. Young, D.B.A.

Principal Researcher, Human Capital 
The Conference Board

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Michelle Kan

Michelle Kan

Research Analyst, Human Capital 
The Conference Board

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Do Ask, Do Tell: Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify