Blue Cross & Blue Shield of R.I ranks as a top scorer for disability equality

PROVIDENCE, R.I (WLNE) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has scored 90 percent on the 2021 Disability Equality Index (DEI), designating it a ‘Best Place to Work’ for disability equality according to the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD).

The DEI is a national benchmarking survey that reports on policies and practices related to workplace equality for those with disabilities.

“The Disability Equality Index helps companies like Blue Cross make a positive impact on the unemployment and underemployment of people with disabilities by holding us accountable for measurable steps toward inclusion,” said Jenny Bautista-Ravreby, BCBSRI diversity, equity and inclusion manager.

“We are honored to be considered a Best Place to Work for Disability Equality, and will continue our efforts to promote diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the workplace and our community”, she continued.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island received top marks in the following:

  • Employee business resource group (EBRG), Disability Inclusion Network, which promotes inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities and impairments.
  • Community support for people living with disabilities, including grants and in-kind support to Special Olympics Rhode Island, Best Buddies Rhode Island and Meeting Street.
  • Inclusive benefits, such as coverage for hearing aids and vision care, paid caregiver leave and employee assistance programs.
  • Commitment to web accessibility for and an emergency preparedness policy that specifically addresses assistance for people with disabilities.

A full list of top-scoring companies and more information on the 2021 Disability Equality Index can be found here.

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