The National Organization on Disability

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Increasing Employment Opportunity for Americans with Disabilities

Our Mission

The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation and contributions of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 79 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed.

Founded in 1982, NOD is one of the oldest cross-disability organizations in the country, and remains one of the few organizations committed to representing all Americans with disabilities, regardless of their particular condition or circumstances.

Watch Video of NOD’s 30th Anniversary

In 2012, NOD celebrated three decades of history and programs in the disability field.

Our Vision

As employers increasingly place disability as a top diversity priority, persons with disabilities are actively recruited for a broad range of jobs and careers, and employers make reasonable accommodations to address their needs. Employers are rewarded by the skills, high productivity, and retention rates of workers with disabilities. In turn, persons with disabilities have positive financial incentives to work; are assured of continuing health benefits appropriate to their needs; are provided with the education and training to prepare them for productive careers; and enjoy the dignity, responsibility, and economic independence resulting from gainful employment.

Our Approach

With programs on the ground, NOD is demonstrating new employment practices and models of service delivery, evaluating results, and sharing successful approaches for widespread replication. Our subject matter experts in disability and employment provide consulting services to employers and public agencies seeking to harness the unique talents that people with disabilities, including many veterans, can bring to the workforce. And, we are conducting research on disability employment issues, including the field’s most widely used polls on employment trends and the quality of life for people with disabilities. To achieve our goals, we work in partnership with employers, schools, the military, service providers, researchers, and disability advocates.

Our current employment programs benefit individuals with disabilities looking for employment, high school students with disabilities transitioning into the workforce, seriously wounded, ill and injured veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, employers seeking to expand existing diversity initiatives to include people with disabilities, and state governments engaged in policy reform.

Consultation: Corporate Services

Our subject matter experts in disability and employment provide consulting services to employers seeking to improve their workforce diversity. Learn more.


We work with foundations, the military, government agencies, employers, and researchers to design innovative employment programs for people with disabilities. Learn more.

Corporate Leadership

NOD’s CEO Council gathers corporate leaders who believe that it makes good business sense to include people with disabilities in America’s workforce. Learn more.

Research & Publications

We conduct research on effective employment practices for people with disabilities to provide a deepening resource for other disability organizations, funders, employers, and policymakers. For decades, our widely-quoted Harris Polls have been the disability field’s authoritative resource on the quality of life for people with disabilities. Learn more.

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