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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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HIRE

Include people with disabilities in the hiring process.

The hiring process should identify people who have the best skills set and attributes that make them the best candidates for the jobs available. To achieve this goal, employers must ensure that all qualified applicants, including those with disabilities have equal access in all aspects of the hiring process. These efforts are especially important for federal contractors and federal agencies, as both must take proactive steps to employ qualified people with disabilities. The resources below provide information to help employers, both public and private, ensure that their hiring processes are inclusive and accessible for everyone, including people with disabilities.

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Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact the hiring process.

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Planning for Inclusive Hiring and Onboarding

Build a foundation for an inclusive environment from day one.

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Ensuring Accessibility in the Hiring Process

Ensure accessibility at each step of the hiring process.

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Hiring Strategies for Specific Sectors and Industries

Understand special considerations for federal contractors, federal agencies, state employers and small businesses in the United States for hiring people with disabilities.

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Internships and Apprenticeships

Explore how work-based learning opportunities can help you build a diverse pipeline of talent.

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Hiring in Action: Case Studies

Read about companies’ efforts to ensure their hiring processes are inclusive and meet their talent needs.