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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


A commitment to disability inclusion includes equal opportunity to advance and grow

A commitment to disability inclusion means not only recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, but also supporting them to grow professionally, and advance within your organization. This includes ensuring access to professional development opportunities, and providing performance feedback. The topics below provide information to help you ensure your advancement opportunities are equitable and nurture valued, longstanding leaders for your organization.

Inclusive Advancement: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact advancement activities

Performance Management

Understand the important role feedback plays in helping all employees, including those with disabilities, advance

Professional Development

Assess your professional development activities and paths to ensure their accessible to employees with disabilities

Accommodations and Advancement

Learn about reasonable accommodations and how they can help employees with disabilities advance in their careers

Advancement Strategies for Specific Sectors and Industries

Understand special considerations certain employers have related to advancement of people with disabilities

Advancement in Action: Case Studies

Read about how companies ensure disability inclusion in their advancement and professional development activities

Phases of Employment

Recruit Hire Retain Advance

Related Resources

Professional Development and Advancement of Employees with Disabilities 

Summary of best practices for retention and career advancement of people with disabilities

Advancing and Retaining Federal Employees with Disabilities—The Case for Centralized Accommodation Programs and Funding

Strategies for retaining and advancing people with disabilities in the federal workforce

Federal Framework for Disability Inclusion

Steps to becoming a model federal employer 

Workplace Mentoring Playbook

Guidance on developing inclusive employee mentoring programs

Mentoring as a Disability Inclusion Strategy

Strategies for developing and nurturing future leaders for your company