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EARN Newsletter: May 2024

Supporting Mental Health and More!

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Supporting Mental Health This May

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. It is a good time for employers to take a look at EARN’s Workplace Mental Health Toolkit, which provides the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to create a supportive workplace for employees with mental health conditions. Using this toolkit, organizations and employers can not only maintain a mental health-friendly workplace, but also share strategies with their employees to improve their well-being.

Addressing Unconscious Bias

EARN has a new webpage, “Unconscious Bias in the Workplace,” for employers and businesses of all sizes. This new resource explores the roots of unconscious bias, describes its economic impact, explains how it affects historically underserved communities and people with disabilities—including those with mental health conditions—and provides action steps to address unconscious bias in the workplace.

Discussing Disability Disclosure

When a job candidate or employee voluntarily shares information about a disability or health condition with their employer, they are choosing to “disclose their disability.” Creating a welcoming workplace where employees feel comfortable and safe disclosing a disability is important for many reasons. EARN’s new resource “411 on Disability Disclosure: Employer Edition” highlights the complexity of disability disclosure and the role employers play in the process.


Disability Employment in the News

Recognizing Best Practices in Disability Inclusion

From interviewing to retaining employees with disabilities, there are many examples of best practices for disability inclusion in the workplace. Among these case studies: Advocate Aurora Health, which worked with its talent sourcing and acquisition team to design an inclusive, skills-based approach to interviewing and hiring; Centene Corporation, which launched a campaign called “I Count—Why I Self-Identify” to encourage employees to voluntarily share their disability status; and Eli Lilly and Company, which developed a variety of initiatives, policies, and practices to support its diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) efforts, including a self-identification program.

Appreciating Disability and Diversity in the Workplace

The month of May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. It is also Mental Health Awareness Month. It is important to recognize that many people have intersecting identities and to offer support through DEIA efforts. It is especially important to support the mental health of people with intersecting identities to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming workplace culture.


Q: My company wants to advance digital accessibility in our workplace. Does EARN have resources I can download on this topic?

A: Yes! This Global Accessibility Awareness Day and beyond, we applaud your company for ensuring its workplace is digitally accessible to all employees, including those with disabilities. We know that in today’s employment landscape, technology is one of the central drivers of productivity and success for all employees, and we encourage every employer to explore EARN’s resource dedicated to technology accessibility, featuring information on accessible websites, telework, and more.

Optimize your Accessible Technology

Employer Spotlight

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Building Inclusive Talent Pipelines

EARN’s newest series of video case studies spotlights CVS Health and the many collaborations it fosters to help develop job training initiatives for people with disabilities. The company’s Abilities in Abundance program, led by its Workforce Initiatives team, partners with government agencies, community-based organizations, educational institutions, and others to build an inclusive pipeline of talent that is prepared to succeed in jobs at CVS Health.

The content in this newsletter does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Mark Your Calendar

May 28, 2024, 1:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Mental Wellness: When Generational Gaps Become Barriers

Join the National Organization on Disability (NOD) and Mental Health America for a discussion on the mental health needs of a multigenerational workforce. Learn how companies can manage the expectations of the different generations in the workforce and meet their needs when it comes to mental health, and review case studies on employers who have effectively addressed mental health in their workplaces.

Register for NOD's webinar.

May 29, 2024, 2:00 p.m. ET

Webinar: Diverse Abilities of the Workplace

In an ever-changing labor market, employers need guidance to recruit, hire, retain, and advance skilled talent. In this DirectEmployers webinar, representatives from the Colorado Business Relations Unit will explain why hiring employees with disabilities is key to staying competitive. Employers will also learn how to partner with their state vocational rehabilitation program to help them reach DEIA goals, explore available resources, and discuss ways to create an accessible workplace.

Register for the DirectEmployers webinar.

June 7, 2024, noon ET

Webinar: nTIDE Lunch & Learn

This webinar will provide an overview of the National Trends in Disability Employment (nTIDE) Jobs Report, as well as other updates from the field of disability employment. Presenters will include Andrew Houtenville from the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability, John O’Neill from the Kessler Foundation, Denise Rozell from the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and a special guest panelist.

Register for the nTIDE Lunch & Learn.

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