July 23, 2018

ABA to honor Accenture with Champions for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award

WASHINGTON, July 24, 2018 — The American Bar Association will honor Accenture, a leading global professional services company that provide services that span strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services, with its Champions for Disability Inclusion in the Legal Profession Award.

The ABA Commission on Disability Rights  selected Accenture for its commitment to and leadership in creating and sustaining an inclusive, barrier-free work environment where persons with disabilities across the globe experience a real sense of belonging, can be who they are, and perform at their full potential.

The award will be presented at the Commission’s Reception for Lawyers with Disabilities during the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago. The reception will take place Monday, Aug. 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus Hall GH, East Tower, Ballroom Level.

The Champions award recognizes a corporation that has made measurable progress in the recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement to leadership positions of individuals with disabilities. Accenture has signed and actively recruited several of its law firm partners to sign the Commission’s Disability Diversity in the Legal Profession: A Pledge for Change, which signifies an organization’s commitment to disability diversity.

Accenture is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities through technology, specifically assistive technologies, and workplace-related modifications.  

In 2017, Accenture launched an Accessibility Center of Excellence (CoE) to proactively address the needs of its employees and its goal of continually improving each employee’s online user experience. Each year throughout the month of December, Accenture celebrates International Day of Persons with Disabilities in more than 22 countries around the world, hosting global virtual events that are open to all employees and external guests. Accenture’s Persons with Disabilities Champions Network, with its 14,000 plus members, sponsors local networking, collaboration, mentoring and awareness-building activities for persons with disabilities, as well as caretakers and colleagues.

Building strong partnerships with other organizations allows Accenture to expand persons with disabilities sourcing. Its Skills to Succeed corporate citizenship initiative advances employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for individuals around the globe by using technology to drive impact at scale.

There is no charge for media covering this event. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at (202) 662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

The ABA Commission on Disability Rights  works, to promote the ABA's commitment to justice and the rule of law for persons with mental, physical, and sensory disabilities and to promote their full and equal participation in the legal profession. The Commission has 12 members and five committees that focus on projects and activities addressing disability-related public policy, disability law, and the professional needs of lawyers and law students with disabilities. For more information about CDR visit the website, www.americanbar.org/groups/disabilityrights.html.

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