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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.

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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Federal Exchange on Employment & Disability (FEED)

This group supports inclusion of people with disabilities in the Federal Government. 

Are you a Federal Government employee who works on issues related to employment of people with disabilities? Join FEED! 

FEED is an interagency working group focused on information sharing, best practices and collaborative partnerships designed to make the Federal Government a model employer of people with disabilities. Members come from across all sectors of the Federal Government.

Who can join FEED?

Membership is open to federal employees at any level (please note that FEED membership is only open to Federal Government employees) whose job duties involve inclusion of people with disabilities, including:

  • Recruitment
  • Hiring
  • Retention
  • Advancement

FEED membership includes, but is not limited to:

  • Disability Program Managers (DPMs)
  • Diversity & Inclusion Managers
  • EO and HR Specialists
  • Reasonable Accommodation Coordinators
  • Selective Placement Program Coordinators (SPPCs)
  • Special Emphasis Program Managers
  • 508 Coordinators
  • Anyone else with a defined role/responsibility related to federal inclusion of people with disabilities

When does FEED meet, and what can I expect from the meetings?

FEED hosts quarterly virtual meetings on a variety of topics related to disability inclusion in the Federal Government. The meetings include presentations and discussions by federal agency representatives and others on topics related to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the federal workforce, including:

How can members contribute to FEED?

It’s important to note that FEED is about more than just the exchange of ideas. Central to FEED’s mission is the development of a series of best practices for federal inclusion of people with disabilities, as well as easy-to-use products such as fact sheets, checklists and guides that contain practical advice and real life examples of how federal agencies are strengthening their disability inclusion policies, programs and practices. By being active FEED participants, members help their agencies meet affirmative action goals required by Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Who manages FEED?

FEED is managed by representatives from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and supported by the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN). For additional resources on federal disability inclusion efforts, please visit EARN’s Section 501 Info Center.

How can I join FEED?

If you are a Federal Government employee, please fill out the form below to become a member of FEED and to receive information about upcoming quarterly meetings and other important updates.* For questions about FEED or if you are unable to register using the form below, please email earn@askearn.org

*You must be an employee of the U.S. Federal Government with a .gov, .mil, .us or .edu email address to join FEED

FEED Membership Form

NOTE: You must have a .gov, .mil, .us, or .edu (federal agencies only) email address to join FEED.

My current job duties include (check all that apply):