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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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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

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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.

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. 

Internships and Apprenticeships

Explore how work-based learning opportunities 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.  

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

Ultranauts: Proving the Power of Neurodiversity

Employer Case Study: Learn how a startup built diversity and inclusion from the start.

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.


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.


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

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

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

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 Discussion Guide: Hire (and Keep) the Best

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

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 Career Fair or Hiring Event Checklist

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

COVID-19 and Remote Hiring of People 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 hiring practices, and the implications for job candidates with disabilities.

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.