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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

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    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.

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    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.

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Resource Library

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Federal Exchange on Employment & Disability (FEED)

This group supports inclusion of people with disabilities in the Federal Government. 

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Learn about this free recruiting resource for federal employers. 

Schedule A

Learn about a special hiring authority for people with disabilities applying for federal jobs.

Federal Government Policies and Practices Supporting Employment of People with Disabilities

Learn about efforts to recruit, hire, retain and advance federal employees with disabilities. 

Federal Government Employment

Learn about building a disability-inclusive federal workforce. 

Section 501 Info Center

Explore all aspects of Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which provides regulations for inclusion of people with disabilities in the Federal Government.

Directory of Federal Affirmative Action Plans

Explore EARN's directory of more than 170 federal agency Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs).

FEED Meeting February 9, 2022

Implementing Executive Order (EO) 14035: Building Your Accessibility Roadmap

FEED Meeting September 13, 2021

Implementing Executive Order (EO) 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

FEED Meeting August 17, 2021

Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

FEED Meeting June 10, 2021

Presentation: CVS Abilities in Abundance Program Overview
Panel Discussion: Resources for Recruiting Candidates with Disabilities

FEED Meeting April 12, 2021

Presentation: Update on EEOC Section 501 Reviews of Agency Affirmative Action Plans
Agency Spotlight: State Department Technology Center

FEED Meeting February 8, 2021

Presentations: “The Relationship Between Federal Agency Disability Practice and Employee Outcomes” and “PepsiCo’s ‘You Belong Here’ Self-Identification Campaign”

EO 14035 Info Center

Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce Info Center


Events

Federal Agency Recruiting and Outreach: The Role of Accessible Online Content

This webinar explores the important role accessible online content plays in federal disability recruiting and outreach efforts.


Publications

Summary of Section 501 Rule, As Amended (2017), Requiring Affirmative Action for People With Disabilities in the Federal Government

This EARN policy brief reviews the Rehabilitation Act Section 501 final rule. 

The Relationship Between Federal Agency Disability Practices and Employee Outcomes

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

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

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.

Federal Exchange on Employment & Disability (FEED) Meeting Presentation (June 10, 2021)

Workforce Recruitment Program

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

Schedule A Memo

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

Federal Exchange on Employment & Disability (FEED) Meeting Resources (June 10, 2021)

Quick reference guide of federal hiring resources.

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.