Birmingham is to host what is claimed to be the UK's largest conference on the Disability Discrimination Act.
It takes place on Monday at the Novotel Hotel on Broad Street.
"It's great to see so many Birmingham companies embracing the Act and opening up their businesses to everyone," said Richard Fallon, executive director of Birmingham based consultancy, Out of Hours.
Andrew Busby, director of Out of Hours, added: "Initially companies were wary of the DDA and its implications, with many believing that it was expensive and difficult to make the required changes.
"Companies are now beginning to see the advantages to opening themselves up to the 20 per cent of the working-age population that have a disability."
A number of recent high profile DDA related cases have highlighted the need for companies to act swiftly to avoid costly compensation claims and bad publicity.
From next year all public bodies and companies that receive Government funding must be DDA compliant or they face the risk of losing their cash.