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Southwest Earns Top Score on Disability Equality Index


Southwest Airlines was recently named a “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion” and awarded the top score on the 2023 Disability Equality Index®  for the fourth consecutive year. Launched in 2015 as a joint initiative by Disability:IN and The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), the Disability Equality Index is the most robust disability inclusion assessment tool in business. Each company receives a score from 0 to 100, with those earning 80 and above recognized as “Best Place to Work for Disability Inclusion.” We acknowledge that a score of 100 doesn’t convey perfection, and we won’t stop our efforts to increase inclusion in the workplace.


The Disability Equality Index is a benchmark of steps Southwest takes toward creating a workplace where People feel a sense of belonging. Our goal to create a more welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and safe workplace is constantly evolving. To learn more about our commitment to our Employees’ experiences, read our DEI Report:


We have Careers with Heart.






Talent Acquisition Team Leader Charles Mason is one of many Southwest Employees proud to bring his background and diverse perspective to his work. In his role, he supports Candidates’ journeys and embraces their unique stories. For Charles, “Everyone has such a unique story to tell, and we just need to only stop and really listen." Charles is also a co-chair of our Able@SWA Employee Resource Group, whose mission is to ensure an equitable and inclusive Culture at Southwest Airlines where Employees with disabilities can participate fully and meaningfully. The group focuses on four pillars: connection, cultivation, communication, and community.


We’re also committed to bringing in unique, new talent. One program dedicated to diversifying our People is the Summer Campus Reach Neurodiversity Internship Program. This internship is designed for college students with autism spectrum disorder seeking experience in our Technology Department. The program offers work experience, career coaching, and mentorship opportunities. Hear from a former Neurodiverse Campus Reach Intern and current Associate Software Engineer, Monique, about her experience in the internship program and “making a positive impact with the support of those around you.”


Our recognition in the Disability Equality Index is because of the dedication of our People and our Culture of caring. Do you bring something unique to the table? Check out how to land a career with Heart: and join our Talent Community at