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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.

About the Issue

Understanding the issue is an important step in building a mentally healthy workplace.

Accessible Onboarding

Ensure your organization’s onboarding processes are accessible and inclusive for employees with disabilities.

Accommodations and Retention

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

Attitudinal Awareness

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

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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.  

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.

Build the Pipeline: Outreach & Recruitment

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

Building a Disability-Inclusive Culture: Managers Make All the Difference

Learn more about important topics to include in manager disability inclusion training.

Business Benefits: The Positive Impacts of Disability Inclusion

Learn about the many benefits of recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities.

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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.

Caregiving and Workplace Flexibility

Workplace flexibility may be particularly beneficial for employees who are family caregivers. Read this issue brief to learn more.

Comcast: Broadcasting the Benefits of Disability Inclusion

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

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.

Create a Mental Health-Friendly Workplace

Learn strategies for creating a supportive workplace culture.

Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Explore strategies for fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

Creating a Disability-Inclusive Workplace: The Role of Accommodations (Learning Guide)

Learn about the important role accommodations play in creating inclusive workplaces.

Creating an Accessible and Welcoming Workplace

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

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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.  

Disability Disclosure: An Introduction

Learn more about how and why people with disabilities might choose to disclose a disability in the workplace.

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.

Disability Inclusion: Exploring the Intersections

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

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. 

Disability Outreach and Inclusion Messaging: Assessment Checklist for Career Pages

Learn how to ensure your organization's career pages are using messaging and outreach techniques that are inclusive of and welcoming to job candidates with disabilities.

Disability and Diversity at Work

A person’s identity may include many other factors in addition to their disability status. Check out these tips for employers on disability and diversity and supporting multiply marginalized employees.

Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans

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

Disability-Inclusive Workplace Culture: Building it to Last (Learning Guide)

Find out how to ensure your organization is inclusive of and welcoming to people with disabilities.

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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.

EO 14035 Resources

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

EY: Embedding Accessibility throughout the Enterprise

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

Employee Benefits of Neurodiversity

Learn how hiring neurodivergent workers can benefit all employees.

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

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

Employer Engagement Resources for State Agencies

Learn about resources that can help state agencies engage with employers.

Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

Learn about a basic element of workplace inclusion. 

Ensuring Accessibility in the Recruitment Process

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

Equity in Workplace Flexibility

Learn about the importance of ensuring your organization’s workplace flexibility policies are equitable for all employees.

Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

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

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.

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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.

FALA Video Case Studies

Learn how a small business in New York’s Hudson Valley is training people with disabilities for careers in advanced manufacturing.

Federal Agency Disability Practices and Employee Outcomes

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

Federal Agency Employment Strategies: A Framework for Disability Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (2022 Edition)

Explore legal and 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 Government Employment

Learn about strategies for including people with disabilities in federal employment.

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.

Federal Highway Administration: Promoting 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.

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 factsheet explores how ERGs can benefit employees and employers alike.

Frequently Asked Questions About the Schedule A Excepted Service Hiring Authority for People with Disabilities

Find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about using the federal Schedule A Excepted Service hiring authorities to support employment of people with disabilities.

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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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Hire

Include people with disabilities in the hiring process.

Hiring Strategies for Specific Sectors and Industries

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

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Including Disability in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Priorities: Building A Maturity Model

Explore this research-based tool to learn about steps you can take to ensure disability is included in your organization’s diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) plan. 

Including Neurodivergent Workers: Evaluation

Neurodivergent employees, just like all employees, want to build skills and advance in their careers.

Including Neurodivergent Workers: Finding Neurodivergent Workers

A variety of organizations, agencies and programs are available to help employers source and hire neurodivergent workers.

Including Neurodivergent Workers: Job Descriptions and Interviewing

Ensuring that job descriptions and interview processes are inclusive can help attract skilled candidates, including neurodivergent workers.

Including Neurodivergent Workers: Workspace, Work Schedules, and Other Accommodations

A supportive work environment can be helpful for all employees, including neurodivergent workers.

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. 

Inclusion@Work Resources

Explore additional resources on workplace disability inclusion. 

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.

Inclusive Advancement: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact advancement activities.

Inclusive Branding and Messaging

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

Inclusive Hiring: Applicable Laws and Regulations

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

Inclusive Recruitment: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact recruitment activities.

Inclusive Retention: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact employee retention.

Intersectionality in the Workplace

Learn how factors like race, gender, sexuality, economic status, education level, and disability status can impact an employee’s point of view and workplace experience.

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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.

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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. 

Lead the Way: Merck's Inclusive Business Culture

Learn how Merck is supporting employee mental health.

Learn about Successful Programs

Learn more about effective workplace mental health programs. 

Learning Guide: Creating an Effective Talent Strategy Through Local and Regional Partnerships

Partnerships between businesses and public or non-profit  organizations can help diversify talent pipelines and reduce turnover.

Lessons Learned: Accommodating and Retaining Educators with Disabilities

Find out about the role workplace accommodations play in retaining teachers with disabilities.

Long COVID, Disability, and Underserved Communities: Recommendations for Employers

Learn more about the impacts of Long COVID on employment, especially for people with disabilities and other underserved groups.

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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

Management, Peer Training and Mentoring

Train managers and peers to improve the workplace experiences of neurodivergent employees.

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.

Measure Success: Accountability & Self-Identification

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

Mental Health and Marginalized Communities

Learn about supporting the mental health of workers who are members of marginalized communities.

MetLife: Recruiting Interns with Disabilities Through Community Partnership

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

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.

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National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)

 Find tips and resources to plan for and celebrate NDEAM.

Neurodiversity @ Work Employer Roundtable

Learn about organizations working together to identify promising practices for neurodiversity at work.

Neurodiversity Hiring Initiatives & Partnerships

Partnerships can help ensure a talent pipeline for neurodivergent candidates.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace

Neurodivergent workers bring many skills and talents to the workplace. Learn more in this toolkit.

Neurodiversity in the Workplace Resources

Learn more about neurodiversity in the workplace.

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Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) Video Case Study

Learn about OSHA's role in helping employers keep American workplaces safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Online Recruitment of and Outreach to People with Disabilities: Research-Based Practices

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

Organization-Wide Accessibility: Everyone Plays a Part (Learning Guide)

Learn how employees at all levels can participate in creating and sustaining their organization’s accessibility plan.

Organizational Benefits of Neurodiversity

Learn about the benefits of hiring neurodivergent employees.

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Partnering with Businesses to Advance Disability Employment: A Guide for Community-Based Organizations and Workforce Development Professionals

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

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. 

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 well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.

PepsiCo: Winning with Diversity and Inclusion

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

Performance Management

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

Person-First and Identity-First Language

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

Physical Accessibility

Physical accessibility ensures equal access in the workplace.  

Planning an Accessible Career Fair or Hiring Event

This checklist covers how to ensure online or in-person career fairs are accessible for everyone.

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 Training

This checklist helps organizations plan trainings that are accessible for employees with disabilities.

Planning for Inclusive Hiring

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.

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Recruit

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

Resources

Explore the full range of EARN publications by topic. 

Resources on Mental Health and Employment

Find resources on policies, programs, and practices that support workplace mental health.

Retain

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

Retaining Valued Employees with Disabilities: The Importance of Performance Coaching and Management (Learning Guide)

Learn about effective strategies to ensure you are engaging employees with disabilities in meaningful dialogues about workplace performance. 

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SAME Strategies: Accessible Technology

Learn about accessible technology as a State as a Model Employer (SAME) strategy.

SAME Strategies: Best, Promising, and Emerging Practices for Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Advancement

Learn about best, promising, and emerging practices that support State as a Model Employer (SAME) strategies.

SAME Strategies: Disability Awareness Training for State Personnel

Learn about disability awareness staff training as a State as a Model Employer (SAME) strategy.

SAME Strategies: Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Efforts

Learn about DEIA efforts as a State as a Model Employer (SAME) strategy.

SAME Strategies: Formal Mechanisms and Infrastructure

Learn about formal mechanisms and infrastructure as a State as a Model Employer (SAME) strategy.

Schedule A Excepted Service Hiring Authority for People with Disabilities

Learn about using the federal Schedule A Excepted Service hiring authorities to advance employment of people with disabilities in the federal sector.

Schedule A Hiring Authority

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

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.

Self-Paced Trainings: Strategies for Disability Inclusion

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

Sephora: Enabling a Workforce with Disabilities

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

Service Provider Resources

Explore resources for service providers supporting employment of people with disabilities.

Small Business Toolkit

Discover valuable information and resources to help small businesses build talent pipelines, address workforce needs, and gain insights into recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities.

State Government Employment

Learn about strategies to help state governments become model employers of people with disabilities.

State Government Employment: Quick Links

Find resources to help state government employers recruit, hire, retain, and advance people with disabilities.

State as a Model Employer (SAME) Strategies

Learn about strategies to help state governments become model employers of people with disabilities.

Statistics on Disability

Learn more about disability statistics — why they are important, where to find them, and what they tell us.

Stay-at-Work/Return-to-Work

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

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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.

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: 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: Zarin Hamid: Securing Her Place in Cyber Security

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

Talent Development

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

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

Learn about proactive outreach and recruitment of people with disabilities. 

Talking About Inclusion@Work: Ensure Productivity: Reasonable Accommodations

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

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

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

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

Learn strategies for building a disability-inclusive workplace culture.

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

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

Technological Accessibility

Technology accessibility, also known as digital accessibility, is an important component of disability inclusion.  

Telework in Action: A Disability Inclusion Practice Whose Time Has Come (Learning Guide)

Find out how remote work supports workplace disability inclusion.

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.

Transportation and Workplace Flexibility

Find out how workplace flexibility benefits employees who face barriers getting to and from work.

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Unconscious Bias in the Workplace

Learn more about how bias can impact the workplace.

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Video Case Study: Accommodating and Retaining Teachers with Disabilities

Simple accommodations can help schools retain and advance teachers with disabilities, fostering an inclusive culture.

Video Case Study: Employers Focus on Accessibility

Learn how companies like Microsoft and T-Mobile are managing, measuring, and communicating about accessibility.

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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.

Workplace Flexibility

Learn how workplace flexibility helps create an inclusive, accessible, and equitable workplace culture.

Workplace Mental Health Toolkit

Find resources to support the mental health and well-being of all workers.

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411 on Disability Disclosure: Employer Edition

Learn more about the complexity of disability disclosure decisions in the workplace.

4As: Build AWARENESS and a Supportive Culture

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

4As: Ensure ACCESS to Treatment

Learn about strategies for supporting worker mental health and well-being through access to treatment.

4As: Offer Employee ASSISTANCE

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

4As: Provide ACCOMMODATIONS to Employees

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

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