Think Beyond the Label is a public-private network that works to increase employment for qualified job seekers with disabilities.

One out of five Americans has a disability, but employers still struggle with finding candidates.

TBTL showcases companies’ investments in diversifying their workforce – and the success stories that come with that.

The message is simple: labels get in the way, disabilities rarely do.


We recently asked you about your unmet online needs. Here are the results..

What they say about TBTL

“… not your father’s ‘hire the handicapped’ campaign”…”the campaign takes a lighthearted tack rather than a sober or earnest tone.”
– Stuart Elliott, The New York Times

“This commercial is awesome… addresses stigma around hiring disabled employees”
– Lance Armstrong @LIVESTRONG Foundation, via Twitter

“Here’s something to RT Think beyond the label.”
– OSCAR®-winning actress @MarleeMatlin, via Twitter

“Think Beyond the Label [helps] employers of all sizes throughout the nation find local resources for recruiting disabled workers.”
– Sarah E. Needleman, The Wall Street Journal

“The folks behind a new online tool called Hire Gauge … help employers calculate the potential cost benefits of hiring someone with a disability.”
– Rita Pyrillis, Workforce Management

“70% of disabled Americans say they want to work fulltime, but only about 21% do … Think Beyond the Label, a Chicago public-private partnership that works to increase employment for people with disabilities, hopes to change that.”
– Karen E. Klein, BusinessWeek Online