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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 man in a wheelchair looks at his phone while waiting for an interview

    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.

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    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 e-blasts and monthly e-newsletter, 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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Pillar 2: Provide ACCOMMODATIONS to Employees

A variety of tools and resources exist to help employers support and accommodate their employees with mental health conditions.

Guidance in this pillar focuses on assisting employers in providing employees with reasonable accommodations and other workplace supports—in other words, adjustments or modifications that enable people with disabilities, including mental health conditions, to perform the essential functions of a job efficiently and productively. A variety of tools and resources exist to help employers support and accommodate their employees with mental health conditions. 

JAN’s Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Impairments

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) receives numerous accommodation questions related to helping individuals with mental health impairments work successfully.

In its toolkit, Accommodating Employees with Mental Health Impairments, JAN explains that people with mental health impairments may develop some of the limitations referenced in the tool, but seldom develop all of them. What’s important is to consider is the limitations the employee is experiencing and whether/how those limitations affect the employee and the employee’s job performance.

JAN’s toolkit features example situations and solutions organized by limitation and by work-related function. It also links to publications, articles and external resources.

Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a helpful webpage titled “Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities.” In addition to general background and sample workplace modifications, it outlines several accommodations that have proved effective in helping employees with psychiatric disabilities more effectively perform their jobs, including the following:

  • Flexible Workplaces– Telecommuting and/or working from home.
  • Scheduling– Part-time work hours, job sharing, adjustments in the start or end of work hours, compensation time and/or “make up” of missed time.
  • Leave– Sick leave for reasons related to mental health, flexible use of vacation time, additional unpaid or administrative leave for treatment or recovery, leaves of absence and/or use of occasional leave (a few hours at a time) for therapy and other related appointments.
  • Breaks– Breaks according to individual needs rather than a fixed schedule, more frequent breaks and/or greater flexibility in scheduling breaks, provision of backup coverage during breaks, and telephone breaks during work hours to call professionals and others needed for support.
  • Other Policies– Beverages and/or food permitted at workstations, if necessary, to mitigate the side effects of medications, on-site job coaches.

The tool explains that the above list does not include all possible accommodations, “but it is a good starting point and provides some of the most effective and frequently used workplace accommodations.” (Source: “Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities,” U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy)

Accommodations for Employees with Substance Use Disorder

For information on workplace accommodations for workers with substance use disorder, visit the following resources: