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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

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    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

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

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

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    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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Mental Health Toolkit

Explore resources for fostering a mentally healthy workplace.

Not all disabilities are visible to the eye. Among those that are often non-apparent are mental health conditions.

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According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five American adults will experience a diagnosable mental health condition in any given year. In addition, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), one in five American adults with mental illness also had a co-occurring substance use disorder (SUD). Recent challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with an increased understanding of the prevalence of mental health conditions, are prompting many employers to consider strategies they can use to support their employees’ mental health.

These strategies are good for employees. They demonstrate your business’s commitment to inclusion and offer workers the support they need to meet their mental health needs. These practices also benefit employers by empowering employees to deliver their best on the job, today and in the years ahead.

EARN’s Mental Health Toolkit is a gateway to background, tools and resources that can help employers learn more about mental health issues and cultivate a welcoming and supportive work environment for employees who may be facing mental health issues or need help for a co-occurring substance use disorder. It also presents an easy-to-follow framework for fostering a mental health-friendly workplace, all built around the “4 A’s”:  Awareness, Accommodations, Assistance and Access

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