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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

Training Courses: Strategies for Disability Inclusion

Developed with input from a range of employers with exemplary track records in disability employment, EARN’s Inclusion@Work Framework outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace, along with a menu of strategies for achieving them. This series of courses offers trainings on the following segments of the Inclusion@Work Framework.

Each segment lasts 10-15 minutes and includes a quiz at the end of the course to test your knowledge.

  1. Lead the Way: Inclusive Business Culture. Commitment at all levels of an organization is critical to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive work environment. Take this short course to learn more about how you can establish an inclusive business culture.
  2. Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment. “Where can I find talent with disabilities?” Companies have expressed that one of the greatest barriers they face to advancing disability inclusion is the inability to find qualified candidates. The key to effective recruitment is effective outreach strategies. Learn more about building a sustainable talent pipeline in this short course.
  3. Hire (& Keep) the Best: Talent Acquisition & Retention Processes. In addition to taking steps to attract and recruit qualified individuals with disabilities, businesses should review their policies and processes across the employment lifecycle to determine whether they facilitate or impede the hiring, retention and advancement of individuals with disabilities. Learn more about the policies and processes that facilitate hiring and retention in this short course.
  4. Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations. Some individuals with disabilities may need workplace accommodations to perform the essential functions of a job. Learn more about how accommodations can help ensure all of your employees are as productive as possible in this short course.
  5. Communicate: External & Internal Communication of Company Policies and Practices. How you talk about disability matters. Learn how to ensure your company is using disability-inclusive messaging in this short course.
  6. Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information & Communication Technology. The development, procurement, lease, maintenance and use of information and communication technology (ICT) are central to the operation of businesses today. In order to ensure full access for your applicants, employees and customers your ICT infrastructure must be accessible. Learn more in this short course.
  7. Measure Success: Accountability & Self-identification. While the adoption of written policies, practices and procedures is necessary to enhance employment opportunities for qualified talent with disabilities, the ultimate objective is ensuring their effective implementation and, hopefully, success. Learn more about how collecting metrics can help you measure the success of your disability inclusion efforts in this short course.

Additional Online Courses

Centralized Accommodation as a Best Practice

A key to fostering disability-inclusive workplaces is effective policies and processes for providing reasonable accommodations. A best practice in this regard is the establishment of a centralized accommodation program (CAP). This short course will explain what a CAP is and how it can benefit your organization.

Workplace Mental Health

Mental health conditions impact one in five American adults each year. EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit is a gateway to background, tools and resources that can help employers learn more about supporting mental health and wellbeing at work and cultivate a welcoming and supportive work environment for employees who may be experiencing mental health issues. Take this short course to learn more about the strategies you can use to support your employees’ mental wellness.