BenchmarkABILITY® is an organizational self-assessment tool that is comprised of six checklists that were developed by a team of researchers at Cornell University’s K. Lisa Yang and Hock E. Tan Institute on Employment and Disability in the ILR School. The six checklists (15 items each) are on the following topics:

  1. Recruitment & Hiring
  2. Career Development & Retention
  3. Accessibility & Accommodation
  4. Compensation & Benefits
  5. Diversity & Inclusion
  6. Metrics & Analytics

After completing a checklist, a report is generated which has links to further information and related resources on each of the 15 items. By going through these six checklists the representative completing them is able to have a profile of the organization across six workplace disability inclusion practice areas. Completed checklists can be compared across organizational representatives so that companies can see how representatives from various locations report on whether their unit is implementing each practice.

Project Activities

  1. Licensed replication of the BenchmarkABILITY® Tool for Singapore
  2. Companion online training for HR professionals -- Six one-hour video courses that provide in-depth information for human resource practitioners to learn more about the specific topic areas related to the checklists. These courses are available for HRCI credits (one for each course).
  3. Online training for rehabilitation service providers/counselors -- An online course for rehabilitation counselors using BenchmarkABILITY® will be offered in fall 2018 by the Commission on Certification of Rehabilitation Counselors (CRCC). This course is worth seven continuing education units toward CRCC certification renewal for certified counselors.


Contact Information

Susanne Bruyère


Phone: 607.255.9536 (office); 607.255.7727 (assistant)

Funding Agency


Principal Investigator

Susanne Bruyère

Collaborating Partners

The Conference Board, Center for Advanced Human Resource Studies, National, Federation of Independent Business