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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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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.

Self-Paced Trainings: Strategies for Disability Inclusion

Explore EARN's training series on disability inclusion in the workplace.


Employer Profiles

Lockheed Martin: Making a Small Investment to Retain Talent

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

Talent Case Study: Dr. Julie Meade: Writing Her Own Story

Learn about the career path of a scientific writer 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.

Talent Case Study: Ethan Och: Launching a Career in Aerospace Engineering

Hard work, perseverance and an in-demand skillset lay the foundation for breaking into a competitive field.

Lessons Learned: Accommodating and Retaining Educators with Disabilities

Find out about the role workplace accommodations play in retaining teachers with disabilities.


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

This 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.

The ADA at Work: Considerations for COVID-19

This webinar discusses balancing guidance on COVID-19 containment from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) with Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).


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 centralized accommodation programs (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: Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

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

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. 

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. 

Exploring the Possibilities: Disability-Inclusive Hybrid Work Models

Learn about developing and implementing hybrid work models that are equitable and accessible for all employees, including people with disabilities.