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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 woman in a wheelchair shakes hands with a colleague

    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.

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

    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.

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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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Ensuring Accessibility in the Hiring Process

Learn about strategies to ensure your organization's hiring processes are accessible to all applicants, including people with disabilities.

Ensuring accessibility for people with disabilities at every step of the hiring process is an essential part of disability inclusion. 

Types of Accessibility

A disability-inclusive workplace is an accessible workplace. “Accessibility” is not only physical, such as wheelchair ramps, braille signage and accessible restrooms, but also digital, meaning that information and communication technology is accessible to all and/or compatible with assistive technology devices.

All employers should know how to create an accessible and welcoming workplace that is ready for people with disabilities to seamlessly enter as applicants and employees. 

Learn more about physical accessibilitytechnological accessibility and attitudinal awareness to ensure your workplace is accessible for all. For more information, visit the Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information & Communication Technology section of EARN’s Inclusion@Work Framework. 

Accessible Interviews

Job interviews play a critical role in the hiring process, so ensure that whether in-person or virtual, your organization’s interviews are fully accessible for all candidates, including those with disabilities. To learn more about ensuring accessibility for interviews, visit Planning for Inclusive Hiring and Onboarding, or read EARN’s checklist on Accessible and Authentic Interviews for Candidates with Disabilities (PDF). For information on accessibility of virtual interviews, visit the Partnership on Employment & Accessible Technology’s (PEAT) website.