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About EARN

The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) offers information and resources to help employers recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities; build inclusive workplace cultures; and meet diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals. 

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Getting Started

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

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    Phases of Employment

  • A man in a wheelchair looks at his phone while waiting for an interview

    Recruit

    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

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    Hire

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

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    Retain

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

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    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

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Accommodations and Advancement

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

Reasonable accommodations should be offered at all phases of employment, including opportunities to advance. In the context of advancement opportunities, accommodations can include ensuring that training opportunities are accessible to all employees, aids to permit learning or applying new skills, and periodically assessing the efficacy of current accommodations for employees. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that employers provide reasonable accommodation to applicants and employees with disabilities. Read EARN’s Reasonable Accommodations webpage to learn more about these requirements. 

Ensuring Accessibility 

Technology is increasingly used to facilitate work. To ensure access for employees with disabilities, make sure your technology is accessible; otherwise, employees with disabilities may be denied opportunities to advance in their careers. Ensure that all professional development opportunities offered by your organization, including virtual or in-person trainings, are fully accessible for employees with disabilities too.

To learn more about workplace technology accessibility, review the Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information and Communication Technology segment of the Inclusion@Work Framework. Your website is an important part of the accessibility picture. For more information, read the fact sheet, 10 Tips for an Accessible Website, developed by EARN and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT). To learn how to ensure that virtual meetings and presentations, including professional development and training opportunities, are accessible for employees with disabilities, read PEAT’s Checklist for an Accessible Virtual Meeting & Presentation.

Phases of Employment

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