Best Employer of differently-abled and two National Awards
The National Trust of the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India acknowledged IBM with the 'Best Employer of differently-abled' award. The Honorable President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, and presented IBM with National Awards for accessibility initiatives in two separate categories:
- Adaptability of Innovation to Provide Cost-Effective Technology.
- Outstanding Work in the Creation of Barrier-Free Environment for the Persons with Disabilities.
Disability Rights Advocates, a major California-based, national disability law center, presented the award to IBM for decades of accessible technology development and for its leadership role in the creation of technology access policies, such as World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI).
The 2007 Honorary Chairman, Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback, Donovan McNabb and Associated Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired have honored IBM with the Corporate Award along with many other recipients. This award recognizes companies and organizations that promote independence among people who are blind and visually impaired.
Pennsylvania governor, Edward Rendell, praised IBM, noting in part that, "As one of the nation's leaders in emerging multimedia content, you have made the bold choice to use your influence, expertise, and passion for quality service to bring about positive change and greater public awareness in the fight against barriers for those with visual handicaps...This award is only further recognition of your gift to the blind and visually-impaired citizens of America, a gift that has helped so many live more fulfilling and independent lives with dignity and respect."
IBM was honored with Title IV of the ADA Telecommunications Award for its commitment to providing increased access to computer technology and communications for people with disabilities. Director of the IBM Human Ability & Accessibility Center Frances West accepted the award on behalf of the company.
For the "Best Public Administration and Public Utility" Web site, this award was presented to IBM by COMPA conference, the European Exhibition of Public Communication and Services to the Citizen and Business in Bologna, Italy.
27th Disability Employment Awards
IBM Austin received the Austin Mayor's People with Disabilities Award at the 27th Disability Employment Awards and Recognition Ceremony for the Mayor's committee for People with Disabilities.
The New York City Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities honored IBM with Title IV of the ADA Telecommunications Award. New York City mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, presented the award, praising IBM's commitment to increasing technological accessibility for people with disabilities.
The Nielsen Norman Group names IBM's intranet one of the top 10 employee portals; accessibility a key factor.
AAPD honors Nick Donofrio of IBM. Learn more.
New Freedom Foundation honors IBM with fourth award.
IBM is the only corporation to be honored by the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB).
NBDC recognizes IBM as a company who has integrated people with disabilities in media campaigns.
Labor Department recognizes IBM for its hiring programs for disabled.
IBM is honored with three awards for enhancing the lives of people with disabilities.
IBM is recognized with IT Works Ability Award by ITAA as a Leader in Disability Employment.