American Electric Power has once again been named a Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.
The recognition, the fourth consecutive time AEP has received the honor, was announced by Disability:IN and the American Association of People with Disabilities. The AAPD conducts the Disability Equality Index, a national tool that allows businesses to self-report disability inclusion policies and practices. The 2019 DEI survey evaluates cultural factors, leadership, community engagement, support services and workplace policies that promote accessibility. AEP was one of 180 surveyed companies.
“AEP is proud to be recognized for creating a welcoming work environment where all of our team members, including employees with disabilities, feel valued and supported,” said Nicholas K. Akins, AEP chairman, president and chief executive officer. “Hiring and retaining talent from diverse backgrounds is a top priority at AEP because different perspectives help stimulate innovative thinking and allow us to better serve our customers.”
AEP supports accessibility for employees primarily through workplace accommodations and promoting and funding the activities of ADAPT (Abled and Disabled Allies Partnering Together), which is one of AEP’s eight employee resource groups. ADAPT facilitates networking for employees and contractors with disabilities and their allies, while also assisting in recruiting and accommodating employees with disabilities.