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- Press Release: USBLN and National Council on Independent Living Formalize Strategic Alliance
This Strategic Alliance Agreement is between the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and the US Business Leadership Network(USBLN) in mutual collaboration to drive disability inclusion awareness and to advance, improve and expand employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. NCIL and the USBLN will work cooperatively in implementing the objectives set forth in this Agreement.
The National Council on Independent Living is the longest-running national cross-disability, grassroots organization run by and for people with disabilities. NCIL represents thousands of organizations and individuals from every state including: Centers for Independent Living (CILs), Statewide Independent Living Councils (SILCs), individuals with disabilities, and other organizations that advocate for the human and civil rights of people with disabilities throughout the United States. There are currently over 700 physical locations across America actively providing Independent Living services to people with disabilities.
The USBLN is a national 501(c) (3) non-profit, non-partisan business to business network that helps business drive performance by leveraging disability inclusion in the workplace, supply chain, and marketplace. The USBLN serves as the collective voice of nearly 50 Business Leadership Network affiliates across the United States, representing over 5,000 businesses. It provides business members with opportunities to network with other businesses and to gain information and valuable resources on disability inclusion practices across the entire business, to enable them to:
- Recruit and retain the best talent regardless of disability
- Broaden their supplier bases to include diverse supplier groups, such as Disability-Owned Business Enterprises (DOBE®s), including service-disabled veteran-owned businesses, certified through the USBLNDisability Supplier Diversity Program® (DSDP®), the nation’s leading third party certification program for disability-owned businesses
- Increase their companies’ share of diverse established and emerging markets