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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 woman in a wheelchair shakes hands with a colleague

    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.

  • A woman with a disability wearing a helmet works in a factory

    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 monthly newsletter and eblasts, 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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Inclusive Advancement: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact advancement activities.

Performance Management

Feedback plays a vital role in helping all employees, including those with disabilities, advance in their careers.

Professional Development

Assess your professional development activities and paths to ensure they are accessible to employees with disabilities.

Accommodations and Advancement

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

Advancement Strategies for Specific Sectors and Industries

Understand special considerations certain employers have related to advancement of people with disabilities.

Advancement in Action: Case Studies

Read about companies’ efforts to ensure their advancement and professional development opportunities are inclusive. 

Training Courses: Strategies for Disability Inclusion

Explore EARN's self-paced courses on the Inclusion@Work Framework.

Federal Government Employment

Learn about building a disability-inclusive federal workforce. 

EO 14035 Resources

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center

Major Components of the Government-wide Strategic Plan to Advance DEIA in the Federal Workplace

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center

Major Components of EO 14035

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center

EO 14035 Info Center

Learn more about Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Government, and find tools to help your agency implement the EO's requirements.


Employer Profiles

Comcast: Broadcasting the Benefits of Disability Inclusion

Employer Case Study: Learn about Comcast's disability inclusion efforts.

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

Learn about the career path of a scientific writer with multiple disabilities.   

Talent Case Study: LeAndre Yarrell: Mentoring Leads to Opportunities for Advancement for a Combat Injured Veteran

Learn how a leading corporation leveraged a federal internship program to recruit top talent, including a U.S. Army veteran. 


Events

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.   

Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

This webinar explores how leading companies build and sustain disability-inclusive cultures.


Publications

Professional Development and Advancement of Employees with Disabilities

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

The Workplace Mentoring Playbook

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

Planning an Accessible Meeting or Event Checklist

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

Planning an Accessible Training Checklist

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

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.

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.