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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. 

Getting Started

Start here to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities; why workplace inclusion of people with disabilities matters; and how EARN’s resources can help.

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    Phases of Employment

  • A woman in a wheelchair shakes hands with a colleague


    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

  • Two men work at repairing an engine.


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

  • A woman with a disability wearing a helmet works in a factory


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

  • A man uses sign language to communicate.


    Ensure that employees with disabilities have equal opportunities for advancement.

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EARN’s Learning Center offers a wide range of training resources, including self-paced online courses.

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News & Events

EARN makes it easy to stay up-to-date on disability employment news and information. Start by subscribing to our monthly newsletter and eblasts, 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 Retention

Learn about the role accommodations play in retaining employees with disabilities.

All employees need to be able to perform essential job functions at work to remain qualified for the job. Some employees may need modifications or adjustments to be able to do their job effectively. Reasonable accommodations can be offered for employees who have disabilities to ensure they enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment as employees without disabilities. Providing reasonable accommodations contributes to an overall employment retention strategy by allowing employees to do their best on the job.

The Law

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) offers information about the process of providing reasonable accommodations, examples of accommodations by type of disability and resources for employers, including federal agencies, state and local government agencies and private businesses.

Technology and Accommodations

Technology use in the workplace is increasing. It is important to ensure your technology is accessible for employees with disabilities. To learn more about accessible technology in the workplace, review the Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information and Communication Technology segment of the Inclusion@Work Framework. Websites are also an important piece of the overall accessibility picture.  Read the fact sheet, 10 Tips for an Accessible Website developed by EARN and the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology (PEAT) to learn more.