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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

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Communicate: External & Internal Communication of Company Policies & Practices

Learn about internal and external strategies to effectively communicate your organization's commitment to disability inclusion as a part of an overall strategy to meet your organization's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

Lead the Way: Inclusive Business Culture

Establishing a disability-inclusive workplace culture requires commitment across the organization. Learn about strategies for including people with disabilities in your organizations diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives and plans. 

Measure Success: Accountability & Self-Identification

Ensure effective implementation of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) initiatives by measuring outcomes.  

Inclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization

Explore strategies for creating disability-inclusive workplace cultures and meeting your organization's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

Attitudinal Awareness

Negative attitudes and stereotypes about disability can hinder inclusion for all.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

Learn how disability-focused employee groups can help support workplace inclusion.

Learn about National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). Find tips and resources to plan for NDEAM.

Person First and Identity First Language

Learn more about the use of person first and identity first language when communicating about people with disabilities. 

Creating an Accessible and Welcoming Workplace

Learn more about all of the elements of accessibility in the workplace.

Working Together: Ensuring People with Disabilities Feel Welcome and Included in the Workplace

Learn how to communicate and interact with people with disabilities in a respectful way.

Expressing a Commitment to Disability Inclusion

Learn about effective strategies for communicating your organization's commitment to disability inclusion as part of an overall strategy to meet your organization's DEIA goals.

Physical Accessibility

Physical accessibility ensures equal access in the workplace.  

Stay at Work/Return to Work

Learn how employers can use stay at work/return to work programs as a retention strategy.

Technological Accessibility

Technology accessibility is an important component of disability inclusion.  

Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

Learn about a basic element of workplace inclusion. 

Mental Health Toolkit

Explore resources for fostering a mentally healthy workplace.

Best Practices for Improving Workplace Mental Health: A Review of the Literature

Review of research on effective strategies for supporting workplace mental health.

Model Successful Programs

Learn more about effective workplace mental health programs.

Pillar 1: Build AWARENESS and a Supportive Culture

Learn about strategies for spreading awareness about mental health issues and ensuring a supportive workplace culture.

Pillar 2: Provide ACCOMMODATIONS to Employees

A variety of tools and resources exist to help employers support and accommodate their employees with mental health conditions.

Pillar 3: Offer Employee ASSISTANCE

Learn about resources to assist employees who have, or may develop, mental health conditions or substance use disorders.

Pillar 4: Ensure ACCESS to Treatment

The fourth pillar of the “4 A’s” is ensuring access to behavioral/mental health treatment.

Inclusion@Work Resources

Explore additional resources on workplace disability inclusion. 

Disability Inclusion in Action: Federal Agency Promising Practices

Watch these videos to learn about strategies to support and advance disability inclusion in the federal workforce.

Disability Inclusion in the Workplace: Why It Matters

Learn about the importance of including people with disabilities in company DEIA plans and efforts.

Build the Pipeline: Outreach & Recruitment

Building a pipeline of applicants with disabilities is key to inclusive outreach and recruitment. 

Neurodiversity Hiring Initiatives & Partnerships

Partnerships can help ensure a talent pipeline for neurodiverse candidates.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodivgent people bring a lot to the workplace. Learn more in this toolkit.  

Management, Peer Training and Mentoring

Train managers and peers to increase the success of your neurodiversity hiring initiative.

Inclusive Branding and Messaging

Communicate a commitment to inclusion across all of your recruitment materials.

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.

Neurodiversity @ Work Employer Roundtable

Learn about organizations working together to identify promising practices for workplace neurodiversity initiatives. 

Employee Benefits of Neurodiversity

Learn how hiring neurodiverse workers can benefit all employees.

Business Benefits of Neurodiversity

Learn about the benefits of hiring neurodivergent employees.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Articles & Resources

Explore a selection of articles, blog posts, videos, podcasts and other resources about neurodiversity in the workplace.

Understand the Issue: Mental Health in the Workplace

Explore the basics of mental health and work.

Create a Mental Health-Friendly Workplace

Explore resources for fostering a mentally healthy workplace.

Explore Resources on Workplace Mental Health

Find additional resources to help create a mental health-friendly workplace.  

HIRE

Include people with disabilities in the hiring process.

RECRUIT

Building a disability-inclusive workforce starts with effective messaging, outreach and recruitment.

RETAIN

Disability inclusion is about more than hiring; it also means taking steps to retain the talents of valued employees with disabilities

Engaging Employers: A Guide for Disability and Workforce Development Service Providers

Learn how disability and workforce development service providers can work with employers to support employment of people with disabilities.

Be Tech Savvy: Accessible Information & Communication Technology

Accessible information and communication technology (ICT) ensures your applicants and employees are fully included across all phases of employment.  

Ensuring Accessibility in the Recruitment Process

Assess your workplace to ensure its doors, including virtual doors, are open to all applicants.

Inclusive Recruitment: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact recruitment activities.

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.

Inclusive Retention: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact employee retention.

Accommodations and Retention

Learn about the role accommodations play in retaining employees with disabilities.

Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Explore strategies for fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

Inclusive Advancement: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact advancement activities.

Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

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

Getting Started

Start here to learn how to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities—and how EARN’s resources can help. 

Resources

Explore the full range of EARN publications by topic. 

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. 

Performance Management

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


Employer Profiles

Sephora: Enabling a Workforce with Disabilities

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

PepsiCo Video Case Studies

This video series highlights PepsiCo's work in creating an inclusive workplace, including addressing public safety and mental health challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Inclusion in Action: PepsiCo's You Belong Here Campaign Drives Disability Inclusion

Inclusion in Action Spotlight: Learn how PepsiCo's “You Belong Here” disability awareness campaign helps the company build a culture of inclusion and encourages employees with disabilities to self-identify. 

PepsiCo: Winning with Diversity and Inclusion

Employer Case Study: Learn about PepsiCo's efforts to support employees with disabilities and caregivers.

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.

Disability Management Employer Coalition: Leveraging Remote Work to Support Workers During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic

Employer Case Study: Learn how DMEC's remote work policies support disability inclusion. 

Microsoft: Preparing Recruiters to Interview Job Candidates with Disabilities

Employer Case Study: Learn why manager training is an important step in preparing for workplace disability inclusion efforts.

Best Buy: Powering Inclusion and Retention Through Training

Employer Case Study: Learn how specialized training for managers and staff helped employees and customers on the autism spectrum feel welcome and included.

MetLife: Recruiting Interns with Disabilities Through Community Partnership

Employer Case Study: Find out about using internships to increase workplace diversity.

Federal Highway Administration: Prompting a Diverse and Inclusive Transportation Workforce through Internships

Employer Case Study: Find out how a summer internship program supports on-the-job training for students with disabilities.

EY: Embedding Accessibility throughout the Enterprise

Employer Case Study: Ensuring digital access for all is important at EY.

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company: Crafting Inclusion of Employees with Disabilities

Employer Case Study: Learn how a partnership helped a local brewing company meet its workforce needs.

Manpower: Building the Pipeline for a Disability-Inclusive Workplace

Employer Case Study: Learn how partnering with state and local agencies and community-based organizations lead to a more diverse talent pool for Manpower's clients.

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.

PepsiCo: Every Mind Enabled

Employer Case Study: Learn about PepsiCo's efforts to create more diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible workplaces and support employee mental health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Telework In Action: A Disability Inclusion Practice Whose Time Has Arrived

Learn how to ensure your organization's telework policies and procedures are accessible and inclusive for all employees, including those with disabilities.

Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

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

Increasing Disability Inclusion: Centralized Accommodation Programs as a Best Practice

This webinar shares resources and information to help businesses of all sizes develop and support Centralized Accommodation Programs (CAPs).

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace

In this webinar, EARN and Merck share strategies to cultivate a culture of resilience and wellness throughout your organization.

Celebrating ADA30: A Discussion on Youth Employment from the ADA Generation

During this webinar, young adults who came of age after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) (called the “ADA Generation”) participated in a panel discussion about their experiences in the workplace and offered ideas for best practices employers can use to attract young people with disabilities.

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.

Supporting Employee Mental Health and Wellbeing: The Importance of an Individualized Approach

This webinar, with introduction by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, explores ways employers can proactively support the mental health needs of their employees to create inclusive, productive work environments.


Publications

EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Telework in Action

Learn how telework benefits people with disabilities and employers. 

EARN Webinar Presenter Bios: Telework in Action

Learn about the panelists from EARN's Telework in Action webinar held on August 12, 2021.

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

Build a Pipeline: Outreach & Recruitment

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

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 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.

Disability Inclusion: Exploring the Intersections

Learn more about the intersections of disability and LGBTQ+ inclusion. 

Talking About Inclusion@Work Discussion Guide: Lead the Way: Inclusive Business Culture

Learn strategies for building a disability-inclusive workplace culture.

Talking About Inclusion@Work Discussion Guide: Build the Pipeline: Outreach and Recruitment

Learn about proactive outreach and recruitment of people with disabilities. 

Talking About Inclusion@Work Discussion Guide: Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

Learn how job accommodations help ensure workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

Talking About Inclusion@Work Discussion Guide: Communicate: External and Internal Communication of Company Policies and Procedures

Learn how communication strategies support disability inclusion.

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

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

Talking About Inclusion@Work Discussion Guide: Measure Success: Accountability and Self-Identification

Learn how to measure the success of your organization's disability inclusion efforts. 

Online Recruitment of and Outreach to People with Disabilities

This document summarizes results of a literature review on effective strategies for recruiting people with disabilities. 

Workplace Wellness Programs in Small Business: Impacting the Bottom Line

This external document from the National Small Business Association explores the role of workplace wellness programs in keeping health care accessible for small businesses. 

A Joint Resolution or Executive Order to Encourage States to be Model Employers of People with Disabilities

A resource for states to learn about crafting a Joint Resolution/Executive Order to increase disability inclusion.

Communication of Company Policies and Practices

Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations (PowerPoint Slides)

Learn more about how accommodations link to productivity.

EARN Webinar Presentation Slides: Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

Presentation slides from EARN's October 20, 2021 webinar on building disability-inclusive workplace culture.

Lead the Way: Merck's Inclusive Business Culture

Learn about Merck's approach to supporting employee mental health.

EARN Webinar Learning Guide: Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

Companion piece to EARN's October 20, 2021 webinar explores the benefits of workplace inclusion of people with disabilities.

EARN Webinar Presenter Bios: Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last

Learn about the presenters for EARN's October 20, 2021 webinar on building disability-inclusive workplace cultures. 

Fostering Disability-Inclusive Workplaces Through Employee Resource Groups

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are considered an exemplary practice that businesses can leverage to foster a culture of inclusion. This fact sheet explores how ERGs can benefit employees and employers alike.

Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans

This policy brief explores components of disability-inclusive COVID-19 health and safety plans.

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.

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.

A Toolkit for Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups

Learn how to start, implement and maintain disability-focused ERGs to support your organization's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) efforts.

Disability Outreach and Inclusion Messaging: Assessment Checklist for Career Pages

Use this checklist to access your organization's career pages to ensure they are using disability-inclusion messaging and outreach techniques.