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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.

  • 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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Resource Library

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Accommodations and Advancement

Learn about reasonable accommodations and how they can help employees advance in their careers.

Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

Learn about a basic element of workplace inclusion.

Ensuring Accessibility in the Recruitment Process

Assess your workplace to ensure its doors, including virtual doors, are open to all applicants.

Accommodations and Retention

Learn about the role accommodations play in retaining employees with disabilities.

Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

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


Employer Profiles

Lockheed Martin: A Small Investment Yields Big Gains

Employer Case Study: Retention strategies help Lockheed Martin keep a valued employee.

Talent Case Study: Dr. Julie Meade

Talent Case Study: Learn about the career path of a woman with multiple disabilities.   

Lockheed Martin: Customizing Accommodations Results in Increased Productivity for All

Employer Case Study: Learn how providing customized accommodations for employees with disabilities results in improved productivity at Lockheed Martin.

EY: Using a Collaborative Approach to Accommodate Interns with Disabilities

Learn about strategies that EY utilizes to ensure student internship opportunities inclusive from start to finish. 

Deloitte: Retaining a High Performing Employee through Workplace Accommodations

Employer Case Study: Learn how a small monetary investment helped a high performing employee return to work after developing a physical disability.


Events

Increasing Disability Inclusion: Centralized Accommodation Programs as a Best Practice

This webinar shares resources and information to help businesses of all sizes develop and support Centralized Accommodation Programs (CAPs).

Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

Webinar explores technological challenges that can impact job candidates and employees with disabilities and steps employers can take to evaluate and enhance their communication systems and training platforms to create workplaces where everyone has the tools needed for success. 

Telework In Action: A Disability Inclusion Practice Whose Time Has Arrived

Learn how to ensure your organization's telework policies and procedures are accessible and inclusive for all employees, including those with disabilities.


Publications

Centralized Accommodation Programs (CAP) in Practice

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

Increasing Disability Inclusion: Centralized Accommodation Programs as a Best Practice

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

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.

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. 

Absence and Disability Management Policies

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

Talking About Inclusion@Work Discussion Guide: Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

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

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.