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    Phases of Employment

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    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.

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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 Hiring Authority

Learn about a special non-competitive hiring authority for people with disabilities applying for jobs with the Federal Government.

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 Agency 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 Federal 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

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.

Major Components of EO 14035

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

EO 14035 Resources

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

FEED Meeting April 13, 2022

Establishing an Effective Disability Working Group 

FEED Meeting June 8, 2022

Building Your Agency's Accessibility Program Maturity Model


Employer Profiles

Occupational Safety & Health Administration Video Case Study

Watch this video to learn about the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) role in helping employers keep American workplaces safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.


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.

Disability-related Provisions of Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in the Federal Workforce

Review the disability-related provisions of EO 14035.

Disability-Related Themes Embedded in Executive Order 14035: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) in the Federal Workforce

Learn about disability-related themes in EO 14035.

Federal Hiring Authorities from a Disability Perspective

Learn about federal hiring authorities that support federal agency efforts to hire people with disabilities.