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Welcome to AskEARN’s new website. As we transition to our new site, you can still visit EARN’s previous site.

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.

  • A woman with a forearm crutch shakes hands with another person

    Hire

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

  • A man looks on as a young woman with Down syndrome makes a coffee drink in a cafe

    Retain

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

  • Image of a woman illustrating how to perform a task to a man with down's syndrome.

    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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Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Learn about this free recruiting resource for federal employers. 

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a free resource that connects federal agencies nationwide with qualified job candidates for temporary or permanent positions in a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated post-secondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce.

Through the WRP, employers have:

  • Access to candidates across the nation.
  • Ability to source candidates who are veterans.
  • Pre-screened job candidates.
  • Flexibility in hiring for summer internships or permanent positions.

Federal employers may search for WRP candidates using www.WRP.gov.

On a limited basis, the Office of Disability Employment Policy can search the WRP database for a private sector employer, based on a specific job opening.   For more information email askearn@cornell.edu to be appropriately referred.

You can read success stories, or watch a video, to learn more about WRP’s work.

It is important to note that when considering WRP students for internships or permanent positions, employers should conduct the application and interview process according to their usual recruitment, hiring and on-boarding procedures. There is no post-employment support provided to the employer or the employee.

The following resources can assist employers in preparing to use the WRP.

Phases of Employment

Recruit Hire Retain Advance

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