National Organization on Disability

aka NOD   |   New York, NY   |


The National Organization on Disability (NOD) is a private, non-profit organization that promotes the full participation of America’s 56 million people with disabilities in all aspects of life. Today, NOD focuses on increasing employment opportunities for the 80 percent of working-age Americans with disabilities who are not employed. To achieve this goal, NOD works with leading employers and partners with educational and philanthropic institutions to pilot innovative approaches to disability inclusion, then scales these up into initiatives with even broader impact.

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Ms. Carol Glazer

Main address

77 Water Street Suite 204

New York, NY 10005 USA

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Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (J01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (P01)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Today, just 20% of Americans with disabilities are in the labor force, compared to 65% of the general population. As a result, more than two-thirds of people with disabilities live in poverty—double the national average. This has significant implications, for our economy and societal well-being. Meanwhile, the quest for talent has become the defining business challenge of the 21st century. The massive wave of baby boom retirement, plus the surge of competition for skills, creativity, and loyalty, has created a talent shortage, and people with disabilities represent one of the largest pools of untapped talent. Although many employers report a desire to hire people with disabilities, they also report challenges finding jobseekers and difficulty navigating the array of partnerships needed to source, manage, and retain these candidates. NOD’s approach is therefore to directly assist employers in advancing their levels of disability inclusion.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Wounded Warrior Careers

Since 2001, more than 500,000 military personnel have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with disabling conditions, many of them severe enough to be life-altering.

These disabilities often demand a long and difficult period of recovery and adjustment — but they need not be a barrier to civilian employment, income, and independence. Too often, seriously wounded service members lack the training and resources to adapt their military experience and new disabilities to successful civilian careers. The waste of their talents and abilities, and its impact on thousands of military families, is a completely preventable national tragedy.

In 2007, the US Army asked the National Organization on Disability to design a solution. The result is the Wounded Warrior Careers program, in which hundreds of the most severely injured veterans and their families have begun planning and preparing for careers, enrolling in school or training programs, taking jobs, and moving ahead.

NOD has gone on to develop a scalable Career Transition model, report the results, and at the same time, help hundreds of veterans and their families successfully reintegrate into their communities

Population(s) Served

NOD works side-by-side with management to identify needs and opportunities and chart a path to improvement. Our Disability Inclusion Accelerator™ turns an in-depth analysis of the Tracker results into a customized action plan for raising performance and getting the best results for the company and its employees. The plan starts with some quick wins, and proceeds upward to medium and long-term actions tailored to each business.

The service can then move on to higher levels, where NOD helps assess current practices in greater depth and assembles a full program and implementation plan that incorporates the best practices in the marketplace. We can help develop talent pipelines in targeted locations, connecting employers with the most outstanding recruitment and training programs and services in each area. NOD offers a complete assortment of specialized consulting services, including disability awareness and etiquette training, to meet each company’s particular needs. Altogether, our work has directly resulted in jobs for over 1,000 Americans with disabilities, and we’ve delivered disability inclusion and etiquette training to more than 2,000 managers and co-workers.

We’re continually updating and enriching our professional services, as our data and experience grow.

Population(s) Served

NOD's Corporate Leadership Council offers business leaders support and resources for building a diversified workforce that includes people with disabilities. Members share insights on trends in disability employment and experience with techniques for hiring, onboarding, retention, and advancement. They benefit from inside access to NOD’s expertise, including learning forums, webinars, and one-on-one fast-track consulting with our employment experts. They become adept at promoting inclusion within their own companies and among their peers in business. And they gain national recognition as leaders in the top tier of companies that seek out and nurture talent from people of every kind of ability.

Population(s) Served

The primary goal of Campus to Careers (C2C) is to develop a model to build a strong talent pipeline of college-educated persons with disabilities (PWD) to the workforce. In partnership with a cohort of 8 higher education institutions and 7 employers in Massachusetts, we are working to strengthen networks between campuses and employers in order to increase the employment rate of college-educated PWD.

Launched in 2017, we have been engaging students on campus through events and job fairs, enrolling students in the program to fill the pipeline. A critical element of the project is joining campus disability and career services offices to improve how they support students with disabilities in their job search.

Likewise, with employers, we have provided their personnel with disability awareness and interviewing training. We are building a database of participating students’ resumes in order to make successful matches with employers.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Young adults

NOD is a social enterprise that speaks the language of business and of disability. We understand performance. We are at home with metrics, we think with data, and we know firsthand the management techniques that turn good intentions into efficient, durable solutions.

What we know about disability in the American labor market comes not from theory or conjecture, but straight from employers — in the form of solid, continuously updated data.

It starts with our Disability Employment Tracker,™ a free, confidential survey that lets companies assess their disability employment practices and compare them with those of other employers — both the average and the very best. Not only does using the Tracker provide a company with a benchmark of its performance, it also incorporates that company’s data, anonymously, into the growing database on industry practices nationwide. So the information flows both ways: companies learn how they are doing and how they can improve, based on real-world data, and with every additional company using the Tracker, the national database grows richer and more powerful. It now contains extensive data on more than 200 employers with an aggregate workforce of over 5,100,000 people.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

At NOD, we seek to improve rates of workforce participation for people with disabilities by increasing the number of companies that adopt disability inclusive employment practices and actively hire from this untapped talent pool. Our vision is that employers will have the knowledge and tools to effectively recruit, hire, and retain people with disabilities, at all experience levels; and that employers will be rewarded by the high productivity, retention rates, problem solving abilities and diversity of thinking that people with disabilities bring to the workforce.

NOD also aims to be a thought leader in the field of disability inclusion, by propagating best practices for disability inclusion, and influencing the general perception of disability, especially perceptions of the workplace capabilities of people with disabilities.

NOD uses a three-part strategy to achieve its goals: (1) promulgate quality practices in workplace disability inclusion by helping employers benchmark and assess their efforts using our free, confidential survey, the Disability Employment Tracker,™ and working with employers directly to improve through advisory services and the Corporate Leadership Council; (2) innovate new practices that advance field knowledge; and (3) communicate what we learn to achieve the broadest possible reach.

Our work centers around our Disability Employment Tracker,™ a free, confidential benchmarking survey used to assess and compare corporate disability employment practices. The Tracker enables analysis within and across companies, as well as across years, to accurately capture trends in disability inclusion, project future trends, and identify areas of strength and opportunities for individual companies.

Armed with data from the Tracker, NOD works with companies to chart a path to improvement based on their unique goals and context. NOD offers a complete slate of services to meet any company’s needs, from full program design and implementation, to connecting employers with the best recruitment and training programs and services in their area.
Through our Corporate Leadership Council, a network of employers dedicated to disability inclusion, HR and D&I executives also gain insights on trends in disability employment and opportunities to network with their peers through exclusive access to NOD’s expertise and learning events.

Our current innovation project, Campus to Careers, aims to address gaps in how companies recruit college students with disabilities by building a strong talent pipeline of college-educated persons with disabilities to the workforce. In partnership with a cohort of higher education institutions and employers in Massachusetts, we are working to strengthen networks between campuses and employers in order to increase the employment rate of this group.

Finally, NOD is dedicated to communication and advocacy for employees and job-seekers with disabilities. We seek to share what we learn from Tracker data, professional engagements, and our innovation projects, to a broad audience of employers and the general public in order to promote increased employment opportunity for people with disabilities. We also recognize that stigma and the belief that people with disabilities cannot work is still a significant barrier to employment for this group. By highlighting success stories of people with disabilities in the workplace through our awareness campaign, Look Closer, we aim to dispel stigma, creating a cultural shift in the perception of people with disabilities in the workplace.

For over 35 years, NOD has played a key role in tracking critical data about the quality of life for Americans with Disabilities, and carried out several successful demonstrations that have informed how employers hire and work with people with disabilities. Since NOD turned its focus entirely to disability employment in 2010, NOD has taken steps to hire staff with expertise in that area and put in place a corporate board that can advise the organization on how to effectively work with top employers.

NOD’s early work collecting and tracking data on the status of people with disabilities in the United States has set us up to be able to successfully collect data on disability employment. Today, NOD has partnered with OrgVitality, a global management consulting firm founded by Industrial and Organizational Psychologists, to run the survey and analyze its results. Each year, OrgVitality, in collaboration with NOD’s Executive team, and other key stakeholders from the field review the survey questions to ensure accurate results that reflect the most up-to-date trends.

NOD also has a rich history of successful demonstrations that have informed how we work with employers today and seek to pilot (and evaluate) new approaches to workplace disability inclusion. In 2007, NOD launched its Wounded Warrior Careers (WWC) program to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan transition back into meaningful careers in civilian life. In 2010, NOD launched its flagship Bridges to Business program (“Bridges”) to forge more effective links between employers and organizations that represent jobseekers with disabilities. This program has since evolved into a suite of services designed to increase opportunity for people with disabilities in corporate America.

NOD’s leadership, in both its board and staff, bring rich expertise and perspective to our work. Carol Glazer has served as President of NOD since 2008. Under her leadership, NOD has developed important new relationships with the US Army, leading employers, national and local foundations, allied disability organizations and scores of new corporate donors to NOD’s programs. She put in place NOD’s signature employment demonstrations, Wounded Warrior Careers and Bridges to Business. Managing Director of Employer Services, Felicia Nurmsen, brings over 20 years of experience making the connection for business to the untapped talent pool of people with disabilities, through her own work as a consultant and for such staffing companies as ManpowerGroup. NOD’s Board of Directors is comprised of leaders from some of America’s top employers, including PwC, EY, Hilton, Prudential and more.

So far, we have worked with nearly 350 companies on their disability inclusion practices. In 2018, 202 companies participated in the Disability Employment Tracker. Moreover, we saw improvements in companies that take the Tracker year over year, with 91% of companies adopting one or more quality practices in workplace disability inclusion over the previous year. Among participants in the Tracker, we also saw an increase in the average rate at which employees self-identify as having a disability from 3.2% in 2017 to 3.9% in 2018.

NOD’s has demonstrated a strong track record of delivering successful demonstrations that have innovated how employers hire people with disabilities today. Wounded Warrior Careers has helped hundreds of veterans advance in careers, more than double the rate of their peers without NOD’s support. Bridges to Business was found by Rutgers University to be a top tier disability employment program, noting that the “demand-driven approach to filling positions…means that employers do not have to sacrifice performance.” NOD's current innovation project, Campus to Careers, launched in 2017.

As of November of 2018, we have achieved 372 million earned media impressions to date. In terms of digital engagement, we have seen a 27% increase in social following, 16% increase in website traffic, and 32% growth in the size of our email distribution list.

Looking to the future, we will continue to expand the number of companies we work with, and build awareness for this untapped talent pool through the launch of our multimedia awareness campaign, Look Closer, and continuing to elevate the profile of the Leading Disability Employer Seal, which recognizes companies that score within the top quartile of the Disability Employment Tracker.


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National Organization on Disability

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Hon. Gov. Thomas J. Ridge

Ridge Global LLC

Board co-chair

Mr. Luke Visconti


Rohini Anand


Douglas Conant


Robert Hall

Harold McGraw

McGraw Hill Financial

John Quain, Esq.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC

Michael Stein

Harvard Law School Project on Disability

Bobby Sturgell

Rockwell Collins

Jeffrey Kellan

XPO Logistics, Inc.

Michele Meyer-Shipp, Esq.


Luke Visconti


Carol Glazer

National Organization on Disability

Kenneth Barrett

General Motors

Daryl Brewster

CECP: The CEO Force for Good

Ronald Copeland, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Kaiser Permanente

Mike Gathright

Hilton Worldwide

Laura Giovacco


Brad Hopton


Robert Saner, II, Esq.

Powers Pyles Sutter & Verville PC

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/12/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

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Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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