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Welcome to AskEARN’s new website. As we transition to our new site, you can still visit EARN’s previous site.

About EARN

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures.

Getting Started

Start here to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities — and how EARN’s resources can help.

    Phases of Employment

  • Recruit

    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

  • Hire

    Identify people who have the skills and attributes for the job.

  • Retain

    Keep talented employees with disabilities, including those who acquire them on the job.

  • Advance

    Ensure that employees with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement.

News & Events

EARN makes it easy to stay up-to-date on disability employment news and information. Start by subscribing to our e-blasts and monthly e-newsletter, which will connect you to upcoming events, developing news and promising practices in the world of disability diversity and inclusion. And don’t forget to follow EARN on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn

Business Benefits

Employers who hire neurodiverse employees note their aptitude for roles that require attention to detail, ability to detect patterns and capacity for inferential reasoning, as well as strong skills in mathematics, coding and other data-driven processes. Neurodiverse employees are also often lauded for exhibiting loyalty and timeliness, and for offering innovative, creative perspectives to improve policies and procedures that can increase a company’s bottom line. Employers consistently report that their neurodiverse teams prove more effective and productive than those without neurodiverse representation.

Other capabilities that people with neurocognitive disabilities possess that benefit employers include:

  • Keen accuracy and ability to detect errors;
  • High levels of concentration;
  • Strong recall and detailed factual knowledge;
  • Reliability and persistence;
  • Technical strengths; and
  • Appreciation for routine/repetition.

While neurodiversity hiring programs are often known to seek out employees that prefer technological duties such as software engineering or tech operations, or repetitive tasks, such as data-entry or filing, there are a wide variety of jobs and responsibilities that neurodiverse employees can perform. These include (but are certainly not limited to) product management, human resources, banking and customer service.

In addition, research has shown that consumers prefer doing business with companies that employ people with disabilities. Given the high percentage of neurodivergence within the average customer base, having people on staff that represent the communities a company serves demonstrates thoughtfulness and good customer service.