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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


Building a disability-inclusive workforce starts with effective messaging, outreach and recruitment

Today, more employers are recognizing the value of a diverse workforce, inclusive of the talents of people with disabilities. But how can employers attract candidates with disabilities? You can use an intentional process that encompasses inclusive messaging, outreach and recruitment, as well as a strong understanding of how to ensure your application and interview processes are accessible. The topics below provide information to help you diversify your workforce and widen your potential talent pool through inclusive recruitment.

Inclusive Recruitment: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact recruitment activities.

Inclusive Branding and Messaging

Communicate a commitment to inclusion across all of your recruitment materials.

Ensuring Accessibility in the Recruitment Process

Assess your workplace to ensure its doors, including virtual doors, are open to all applicants.

Finding Candidates with Disabilities

Take proactive steps to source qualified candidates with disabilities.

Recruitment in Action: Case Studies

Read about companies’ efforts to ensure their recruitment processes are inclusive and meet their talent needs.



Phases of Employment

Recruit Hire Retain Advance

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Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment

Effective strategies for sourcing people with disabilities

Company Website Disability Inclusion Messaging: Observations of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Strategies for appealing to job seekers with disabilities in online materials and messaging

Online Recruitment of and Outreach to People with Disabilities: Research-Based Practices

Summary of practices that  attract applicants with disabilities

Disability Outreach and Inclusion Messaging: Assessment Checklist for Career Pages

Assessment tool for company career webpages

Encouraging Applicants with Disabilities: Job Descriptions and Announcements (Checklist)

Assessment tool for job descriptions and announcements

Encouraging Applicants with Disabilities: Job Descriptions and Announcements (Checklist Explainer)

Guidance on how to construct disability-inclusive job announcements and descriptions

Checklist: Accessible and Authentic Interviews for Candidates with Disabilities

Assessment tool for planning and conducting interviews

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