Idaho National Laboratory recognized for exemplary disability hiring and employment practices

December 2, 2021

By INL Media Relations

Idaho National Laboratory recognized for exemplary disability hiring and employment practices 
INL named NOD Leading Disability Employer for fourth straight year 

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) has named Idaho National Laboratory a 2021 NOD Leading Disability Employer. This is the fourth consecutive year INL has earned the recognition for demonstrating exemplary employment practices for people with disabilities. The recognition encourages companies to tap into the many benefits of hiring people with disabilities, which includes increased retention and higher levels of employee engagement across the workforce. 

“Congratulations to all the 2021 Leading Disability Employers for creating an inclusive and diverse workplace that allows people with disabilities to be successful,” said NOD President Carol Glazer. “NOD’s mission is to ensure that no ability is wasted, that all Americans, including those of us with disabilities, have an opportunity for enterprise, achievement, and earnings and that corporate America knows how to put our talents to work. These winning organizations have stepped up and are doing just that. We want to applaud their leadership and thank them for their commitment to hiring and retaining people with disabilities.” 

The winning organizations were announced at NOD’s virtual Corporate Leadership Council Annual Forum before an audience of over seven hundred company leaders. 

To earn the NOD Leading Disability Employer seal, INL completed a comprehensive assessment, which benchmarked disability inclusion programs along six critical areas: 

  • Climate and culture: Employees with disabilities featured in internal and external communications. 
  • Talent practices: Inclusive hiring processes specifically seeking to include individuals with disabilities.      
  • People practices: Learning experiences and panels to specifically highlight the perspective of employees with disabilities. 
  • Workplace and technology: A firm commitment to both physical and digital accessibility. 
  • Strategy and metrics: Using data to foster continuous improvement of people strategies that benefit everyone, but specifically individuals with disabilities .   
  • Veterans employment: New recruitment partnerships forged and Veterans and People with Disabilities Leadership Council membership growth by 75% in two years.  

While the NOD Disability Employment Tracker is confidential, organizations may opt to be considered for the NOD Leading Disability Employer seal. Responses are scored, taking into account both disability employment practices and performance. Scoring prioritizes practices that are associated with increased disability employment outcomes over time, and companies receive additional points based on the percentage of people with disabilities in their workforce. 

“INL is honored to be recognized as a Leading Disability Employer for the fourth consecutive year,” said Robert Hillier, chief information officer and Information Management director. “Our mission success depends on us recruiting and retaining the best talent in the world. We hope this award inspires everyone to consider INL as a place to work, grow and develop their career.” 

View the full list of 67 companies named 2021 Leading Disability Employers in the National Organization on Disability news release. 

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About National Organization on Disability (NOD)
The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, nonprofit organization that seeks to increase employment opportunities for the millions of working age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD offers a suite of employment solutions, tailored to meet leading companies’ workforce needs. For more information about NOD and how its professional services, Leadership Council and Employment Tracker can help your business, visit 


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