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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


Include people with disabilities in the hiring process.

The hiring process should identify people who have the best skills set and attributes that make them the best candidates for the jobs available. To achieve this goal, employers must ensure that all qualified applicants, including those with disabilities have equal access in all aspects of the hiring process. These efforts are especially important for federal contractors and federal agencies, as both must take proactive steps to employ qualified people with disabilities. The resources below provide information to help employers, both public and private, ensure that their hiring processes are inclusive and accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities.

Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact the hiring process

Planning for Inclusive Hiring and Onboarding

Build a foundation for an inclusive environment from day one

Ensuring Accessibility in the Hiring Process

Ensure accessibility at each step of the hiring process

Hiring Strategies for Specific Sectors and Industries

Understand special considerations for federal contractors, federal agencies, state employers and small businesses in the United States for hiring people with disabilities

Internships and Apprenticeships

Explore how work-based learning opportunities can help you build a diverse pipeline of talent

Hiring in Action: Case Studies

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

Phases of Employment

Recruit Hire Retain Advance

Related Resources

Lead the Way: Inclusive Business Culture

This section of the Inclusion@Work Framework explores how to lay the foundation for a disability-inclusive workplace culture.

Hire (& Keep) the Best

This section of the Inclusion@Work Framework explores strategies for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities.

Federal Framework for Disability Inclusion

This guide provides comprehensive information on how US federal agencies can become “model employers” of people with disabilities. 

Schedule A Hiring Authority

Information about a non-competitive US Federal Government hiring process for people with disabilities.

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