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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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    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

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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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Publications

For Employers

10 Tips for an Accessible Website

This fact sheet helps organizations learn how to make their websites and digital tools accessible for and usable by everyone.

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A Joint Resolution or Executive Order to Encourage States to be Model Employers of People with Disabilities

A resource for states to learn about crafting a Joint Resolution/Executive Order to increase disability inclusion.

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A Roadmap for Developing Effective Collaborations & Partnerships to Advance the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Sector

Explore strategies that improve collaboration and communication between employees with disabilities and managers in the federal sector.  

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A Toolkit for Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups

Learn how to start, implement and maintain disability-focused ERGs to support your organization's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

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About EARN Video Transcript

Review the transcript for the About EARN video.

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Absence and Disability Management Policies

Learn more about employee absenteeism, its causes and how to manage it. 

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Accessible and Authentic Interviews for Candidates with Disabilities

Use this checklist to ensure your organization's interview process is accessible for all candidates, including those with disabilities. An accessible and inclusive interview process is an essential part of ensuring people with disabilities are included in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts. 

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Adopting an Integrated Telework Policy for Employees With and Without Disabilities

This policy brief provides a framework for adopting an integrated telework policy that is inclusive of all employees, including people with disabilities. 

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Advancing & Retaining Federal Employees with Disabilities—The Case for Centralized Accommodation Programs & Funding

This policy brief explores guidance regarding the advancement and retention of employees with disabilities and the benefits of a centralized accommodation program.

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Affirmative Action for People with Disabilities in Federal Employment

This policy brief describes key elements of affirmative action plans. 

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An Employer’s Guide to Employee Assistance Programs

This guide from the Center for Prevention and Health Services provides information for employers about employee assistance (EAP) programs.

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Autism @ Work Playbook

Finding talent and creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with autism

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Best Practices for Improving Workplace Mental Health

Results of a 2019 review of literature on workplace mental health.

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Building Your Talent Pipeline

Companion piece to EARN's Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment online training course explores how to proactively target candidates with disabilities. 

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COVID-19 and Job Applicants and Employees with Disabilities: Emerging Practices to Employ and Protect Workers

This policy brief explores issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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COVID-19 and Performance Management of Employees with Disabilities: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

EARN conducted a series of focus groups in the fall of 2021 with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) to better understand how the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted performance management practices, and the implications for job candidates with disabilities.

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COVID-19 and Remote Hiring of People with Disabilities: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

EARN conducted a series of focus groups in the fall of 2021 with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) to better understand how the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted hiring practices, and the implications for job candidates with disabilities.

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COVID-19 and Remote Work: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

EARN conducted a series of focus groups in the fall of 2021 with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) to better understand the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and implications for employees with disabilities

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COVID-19, Training and Advancing Employees with Disabilities: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

EARN conducted a series of focus groups in the fall of 2021 with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG) to better understand how the shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted onboarding, training and advancement practices, and the implications for candidates with disabilities.

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COVID-19’s Permanent Impact on the Workplace

This DMEC Resource reviews changes to the workplace as a result of the pandemic that are likely to stay.

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Centralized Accommodation Programs (CAP) in Practice

This checklist provides an overview of the essential components of a centralized accommodation program.

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Challenges of the Next Normal: Returning to the Office

This Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) publication was featured on a webinar on July 16, 2021. It highlights return to work challenges following the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Checklist for Employers: Facilitating the Hiring of People with Disabilities Through the Use of eRecruiting Screening Systems, Including AI

Use this checklist to evaluate your organization's contracts with vendors who provide eRecruiting screening tools.

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Checklist for Mentally Healthy Workplaces

This checklist reviews the 4 A's of a mental health-friendly workplace.  

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Communicating the Benefits of Self-Identification: Five Steps to Success

Learn the five steps to success to communicate the benefits of self-identification of disability.

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Company Website Disability Inclusion Messaging: Observations of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Learn about the outcomes of focus groups with job seekers with disabilities regarding website content and messaging.

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Developing Partnerships to Build Your Talent Pipeline

Companion piece to EARN's Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment online training course explores the role partnerships play in recruiting candidates with disabilities.

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Disability Inclusion: Exploring the Intersections

Learn more about the intersections of disability and LGBTQ+ inclusion. 

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Disability Outreach and Inclusion Messaging: Assessment Checklist for Career Pages

Use this checklist to access your organization's career pages to ensure they are using disability-inclusion messaging and outreach techniques.

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Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans

This policy brief explores components of disability-inclusive COVID-19 health and safety plans.

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EARN Fact Sheet for Employers

Learn about the resources EARN provides for employers and businesses of all sizes.

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Read the companion piece to the EARN Webinar: Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace held on June 22, 2021.

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Disability Inclusion in Advanced Manufacturing

The path to workplace inclusion of people with disabilities does not need to be complicated. Learn how advanced manufacturing companies can recruit, hire, retain and advance workers with disabilities.

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

Read the companion piece to EARN's October 20, 2021 webinar explores the benefits of workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace

Read the companion piece to EARN's Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Webinar held on March 11, 2021 to learn how employers can help support employee wellbeing.

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing

Read the companion piece to EARN's “Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach” webinar held on May 18, 2022.

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Telework in Action

Learn how telework benefits people with disabilities and employers with this companion piece from EARN's webinar Telework in Action. 

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EARN Webinar Learning Guide: The ADA @ 31

Downloadable learning guide that is a companion piece to the ADA @ 31 webinar held on July 29, 2021. Reviews advances that people with disabilities have made under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and emerging implementation issues. 

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EARN Webinar Presenter Bios: ADA@31: A Conversation with Bobby Silverstein and Susan Mazrui

Learn about the presenters for EARN's the ADA @ 31: A Conversation with Bobby Silverstein and Susan Mazrui held on July 29, 2021.

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EARN Webinar Presenter Bios: Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Meet our speakers for the June 22, 2021 webinar, Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace.

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EARN Webinar Presenter Bios: Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

Learn about the presenters for EARN's October 20, 2021 webinar on building disability-inclusive workplace cultures. 

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EARN Webinar Presenter Bios: Telework in Action

Learn about the panelists from EARN's Telework in Action webinar held on August 12, 2021.

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EARN Webinar Secretary Walsh's Introduction Transcript: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing

U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh provided this introduction to the EARN Webinar on May 18, 2022: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach.

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EARN Webinar Slides: ADA@31: A Conversation with Bobby Silverstein and Susan Mazrui

Presentation slides from the webinar “ADA@31: A Conversation with Bobby Silverstein and Susan Mazrui.”

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EARN Webinar Slides: Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Explore the slides from EARN's Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace webinar held on June 22, 2021.

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EARN Webinar Slides: Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

Presentation slides from EARN's October 20, 2021 webinar on building disability-inclusive workplace culture.

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EARN Webinar Slides: Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace

Explore the slides from EARN's Mental Health in the Workplace webinar held on March 11, 2020. 

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EARN Webinar Slides: Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing

Explore the slides from EARN's Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing webinar held on May 18, 2022. 

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Employee Assistance Programs for a New Generation of Employees

This external document explores the benefits of EAPs.

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Encouraging Applicants with Disabilities: Job Descriptions and Announcements (Checklist)

Use this tool to review your organization's job descriptions and announcements for accessibility.

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Encouraging Employees with Disabilities to Self-Identify

Explore six tips for encouraging self-identification of disability.

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Engaging Employees to Measure Success: Innovative Approaches to Encouraging Self-Identification of Disability (Guide)

This report highlights effective strategies for encouraging employees to self-identify as having a disability.

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Federal Agency Employment Strategies: A Framework for Disability Inclusion (2018 Edition)

Explore legal/regulatory requirements, strategies and practices to increase federal employment of people with disabilities and ensure they are included as part of federal agencies' diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

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Federal Agency Promising and Emerging Practices Facilitating Self-Identification of Disability

Learn strategies to encourage federal employees with disabilities to self-identify as having a disability.

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Federal Exchange on Employment & Disability (FEED) Meeting Presentation (June 13, 2019)

U.S. Department of Transportation presentation slides from the June 13, 2019 FEED meeting.

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Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are considered an exemplary practice that businesses can leverage to foster a culture of inclusion. This fact sheet explores how ERGs can benefit employees and employers alike.

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Hybrid Work: A Guide for Business Leaders

This resource featured in EARN's Telework in Action Webinar explores Microsoft's plan to move to a hybrid work environment. 

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Including Disability in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Priorities: Building A Maturity Model

Explore this research-based tool to learn about steps you can take to ensure disability is included in your organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) plan.

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Increasing Disability Inclusion: Centralized Accommodation Programs as a Best Practice

Learn how centralized accommodation programs (CAPs) consolidate accommodation services and funding to improve outcomes for workers with disabilities.

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Lead the Way: Merck's Inclusive Business Culture

Learn about Merck's approach to supporting employee mental health.

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Leveraging the Shift to Remote Work to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities

This practice brief reviews the opportunities and benefits that telework presents for people with disabilities. 

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Maximizing the Internship Experience for Interns with Disabilities

Explore the four components of a successful internship program for students with disabilities. 

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Mentoring as a Disability Inclusion Strategy

Learn how mentoring programs can help improve employee satisfaction, develop organizational leadership and teach new skills.

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Neurodiversity Inclusion: Checklist for Organizational Success

This checklist summarizes some of the lessons learned from successful neurodiversity hiring programs.

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Online Recruitment of and Outreach to People with Disabilities: Research-Based Practices

This document summarizes results of a literature review on effective strategies for recruiting people with disabilities. 

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Pandemic Workplace Technology Trends

This Disability Management Employee Coalition (DMEC) document that was highlighted during EARN's Telework in Action webinar shares strategies to ensure safe and effective operations can be maintained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Planning Accessible ERG Events

Learn how to ensure access for all to your employee resource groups (ERGs).

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Planning an Accessible Career Fair or Hiring Event

This resource explains steps to take before, during and after an online or in-person career fair that are best practices for enhancing accessibility.

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Planning an Accessible Meeting or Event

This resource explains steps to take before, during and after an online or in-person event that are best practices for enhancing accessibility.

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Planning an Accessible Training

This resource explains steps to take before, during and after an online or in-person training that are best practices for enhancing accessibility.

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Professional Development and Advancement of Employees with Disabilities

The research brief explores effective strategies for retaining and advancing employees with disabilities. 

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Remote Ergonomics Assessments: Process and Benefits

This document from the Disability Management Employer Coalition (DMEC) provides information on ergonomics in a remote work environment, including remote ergonomic assessments.  

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Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) Checklist

This document from the American Society of Clinical Oncology helps to frame conversation about team norms in a  Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) environment.  

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Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE) FAQs for New Employees

This document from the American Society of Clinical Oncology explains the basics of ROWE to new employees.

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Results Oriented Work Environment (ROWE): FAQs for New Supervisors

This document from the American Society of Clinical Oncology explains how supervisors at the support implementation of a ROWE work environment.

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Review of Community College-Employer Partnerships and Initiatives: Expanding Opportunities for Job Seekers with Disabilities

This report reviews federal, regional and local efforts to support community college partnerships with employers.

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Schedule A Memo

Review a memo that encourages the use of the Schedule A hiring authority in the U.S. Air Force.  

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Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace: What Federal Employers Should Know

Learn about rules, regulations and strategies related to use of service animals by federal employees with disabilities. 

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State Policy Options for Employing People with Disabilities

This external document from the National Conference on State Legislatures (NCSL) reviews promising policy options for state government to be model employers of people with disabilities.

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Taking Disability Into Account: Proactive Recruitment & Hiring Practices

This policy brief describes key elements of affirmative action plans. 

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Talking About Inclusion@Work: Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information and Communication Technology

Learn about the role of accessible information and communications technology (ICT) plays in disability inclusion.

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Talking About Inclusion@Work: Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment

Learn about proactive outreach and recruitment of people with disabilities. 

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Talking About Inclusion@Work: Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

Learn how job accommodations help ensure workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

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Talking About Inclusion@Work: Hire (and Keep) the Best

Learn how hiring and retaining employees with disabilities supports workplace diversity and inclusion.

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Talking About Inclusion@Work: Lead the Way: Inclusive Business Culture

Learn strategies for building a disability-inclusive workplace culture.

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Talking About Inclusion@Work: Measure Success: Accountability and Self-Identification

Learn how to measure the success of your organization's disability inclusion efforts. 

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The ADA @ 31: A Review of Emerging Implementation Issues Policy Guide

This guide explores emerging implementation issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including COVID-19 health and safety plans, telework, digital accessibility, the “gig” economy, artificial intelligence, voluntary affirmative action, centralized accommodation programs and more. 

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The Federal Government as a Model Employer of People with Disabilities: Research-Based Practices and Strategies

Explore research-based strategies to ensure people with disabilities are included as part of federal agency diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

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The Relationship Between Federal Agency Disability Practices and Employee Outcomes

Learn about strategies to increase employment of people with disabilities in federal agencies. 

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The Workplace Mentoring Playbook

The Workplace Mentoring Playbook offers strategies, tools and activities for employers and employees interested in establishing mentoring relationships.

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Tips for Mentoring Student Interns with Disabilities

A practical guide to supporting student interns with disabilities. 

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Use of Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Learn about the use of artificial intelligence (AI) as an effective tool to make it easier to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities. 

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Workforce Recruitment Program

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Workforce Recruitment Program.

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Working Well: Leading a Mentally Healthy Business

This external document from a collaboration of agencies explores strategies for leading a mentally healthy business.  

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Workplace Wellness Programs in Small Business: Impacting the Bottom Line

This external document from the National Small Business Association explores the role of workplace wellness programs in keeping health care accessible for small businesses. 

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