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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. 

Getting Started

Start here to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities; why workplace inclusion of people with disabilities matters; and how EARN’s resources can help.

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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.

  • 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.

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EARN’s Learning Center offers a wide range of training resources, including self-paced online courses.

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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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Apprenticeships

Learn more about to combine education and real-world work experience. 

Job Descriptions

Learn about the components of inclusive job descriptions and the role they play in employment of people with disabilities. 

Medical Inquiries

Learn about ADA rules and regulations related to the types of questions employers can ask about an applicant or employee's disability.

Disabled Veterans

Understand how your organization can benefit from sourcing and recruiting veterans with disabilities. 

Interviews

Ensure your organization's interview processes are inclusive of candidates with disabilities.  

HIRE

Include people with disabilities in the hiring process.

Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

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

Schedule A Hiring Authority

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

Planning for Inclusive Hiring and Onboarding

Building a foundation for an inclusive environment from day one can help organizations of all sizes and in all industries meet their diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

Ensuring Accessibility in the Hiring Process

Learn about strategies to ensure your organization's hiring processes are accessible to all applicants, including people with disabilities.

Hiring Strategies for Specific Sectors and Industries

Understand special considerations for federal contractors, federal agencies, state employers and small businesses for hiring people with disabilities. 

Talent Development

Explore how work-based learning opportunities like internships and apprenticeships can help you build a diverse pipeline of talent.

Hiring in Action: Case Studies

Read about companies’ efforts to ensure their hiring processes are inclusive and meet their talent needs and diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

Hire (& Keep) the Best: Talent Acquisition & Retention Processes

Learn about effective policies and process for hiring and retaining employees with disabilities as part of overall effort to meet organizational diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.  

Self-Paced Trainings: Strategies for Disability Inclusion

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

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.

Section 503 Best Practices for Federal Contractors

Learn about strategies to help federal contractors meet their obligations under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act and recruit, hire, advance and retain workers with disabilities.


Employer Profiles

NASA: Developing a STEM Talent Pipeline Through Inclusive Internships

Employer Case Study: Learn about NASA's efforts to ensure opportunities for scientists with disabilities.

REI: Navigating Inclusion through Innovative Partnerships

Employer Case Study: Learn about the important role partnerships play in meeting workforce needs.

Sephora: Enabling a Workforce with Disabilities

Employer Case Study: Learn about cosmetics company Sephora's disability-focused hiring initiatives.

CVS Health: Drafting a Playbook for Success

Employer Case Study: Learn how CVS Health's Abilities in Abundance program leverages partnerships to support its disability-focused hiring initiatives.

Comcast: Broadcasting the Benefits of Disability Inclusion

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

TIAA Fruits of Employment Program: Reaping the Benefits of Disability Inclusion in the Agriculture Industry

Employer Case Study: Learn about an innovative program that helped TIAA diversify its workforce.

JPMorgan Chase: Driving Inclusion through On-the-Job Training

Employer Case Study: Find out how this leading financial institution is using a paid apprenticeship model to train and hire people with developmental and intellectual disabilities.

JPMorgan Chase Video Case Studies

Learn about a JPMC initiative to train and hire people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for professional roles within the organization, and how the program shifted to remote work during the pandemic.

FALA Technologies: Manufacturing Career Opportunities

Employer Case Study: Learn about an innovative pre-apprenticeship program for people with disabilities in New York’s Hudson Valley.

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.

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: Zarin Hamid: Securing Her Place in Cyber Security

Advocating for herself and others leads to a fulfilling career in a growing field.

Talent Case Study: Rachel Velasco: Blazing a Trail in Tech

Participation in training and leadership programs help accelerate a career in cyber security.


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.

Expanding Your Talent Pool: Disability Inclusion in Advanced Manufacturing

Learn about an innovative pre-apprenticeship program that is helping prepare people with disabilities for careers in advanced manufacturing.

Hiring and Supporting Neurodivergent Workers: Strategies for Success

Learn about strategies employers can use to attract and retain neurodivergent employees.


Publications

Hire (and Keep) the Best: Talent Acquisition and Retention Process

Hiring and Keeping the Best: Creating Effective Talent Acquisition and Retention Processes

10 Tips for an Accessible Website

This fact sheet helps organizations learn how to make their websites and digital tools accessible for and usable by everyone.

Covid-19 and Job Applicants and Employees with Disabilities: Emerging Practices to Employ and Protect Workers

This policy brief explores issues related to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Schedule A Memo

Department of the Air Force memorandum about the use of Schedule A as a way to support federal employment of people with disabilities. This was a presenter resource from the June 10, 2021 FEED meeting.

Accessible and Authentic Interviews for Candidates with Disabilities

Use this checklist to ensure your organization's interview process is accessible for all candidates, including those with disabilities. An accessible and inclusive interview process is an essential part of ensuring people with disabilities are included in diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts. 

Review of Community College-Employer Partnerships and Initiatives: Expanding Opportunities for Job Seekers with Disabilities

This report reviews federal, regional and local efforts to support community college partnerships with employers.

Talking About Inclusion@Work: Hire (and Keep) the Best

Learn how hiring and retaining employees with disabilities supports workplace diversity and inclusion.

Planning an Accessible Meeting or Event

This checklist outlines steps to take to ensure the accessibility of online or in-person meetings or events.

Planning an Accessible Career Fair or Hiring Event

This checklist outlines steps to take to ensure online or in-person career fairs are accessible for everyone.

Covid-19 and Remote Hiring of People with Disabilities: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

Overview of the experiences and perspectives of employers related to remote hiring of employees with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Information was gathered from focus groups with employer members of the National Industry Liaison Group (NILG).

Company Website Disability Inclusion Messaging: Observations of Job Seekers with Disabilities

Learn about the outcomes of focus groups with job seekers with disabilities regarding website content and messaging.

Encouraging Applicants with Disabilities: Job Descriptions and Announcements (Checklist Explainer)

Find tips for writing accessible job announcements and descriptions.

Encouraging Applicants with Disabilities: Job Descriptions and Announcements (Checklist)

Use this tool to review your organization's job descriptions and announcements for accessibility.

Neurodiversity Inclusion: Checklist for Organizational Success

This checklist summarizes some of the lessons learned from successful neurodiversity hiring programs.

Federal Hiring Authorities from a Disability Perspective

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