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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. 

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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

  • A man in a wheelchair looks at his phone while waiting for an interview

    Recruit

    Build a pipeline of talent that includes people with disabilities.

  • A woman with a forearm crutch shakes hands with another person

    Hire

    Identify people who have the skills and attributes for the job.

  • A man looks on as a young woman with Down syndrome makes a coffee drink in a cafe

    Retain

    Keep talented employees with disabilities, including those who acquire them on the job.

  • Image of a woman illustrating how to perform a task to a man with down's syndrome.

    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 e-blasts and monthly e-newsletter, 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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Build the Pipeline: Outreach & Recruitment

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

Recruit

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

10 Tips for an Accessible Website

Are your websites and digital tools usable by everyone?

Internships

Internships are an effective strategy for ensuring disability diversity in the workplace.  

Resources for Finding Candidates with Disabilities

Explore resources your organization can use to source candidates with disabilities. 

Interviews

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

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

Learn about this free recruiting resource for federal employers. 

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies

Find state-based resources for connecting with candidates with disabilities. 

Workforce Recruitment Program Success Stories

Learn more about student experiences obtained through enrollment in the Workforce Recruitment Program.

Inclusive Recruitment: Applicable Laws and Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact recruitment activities.


Employer Profiles

Google Cloud Launches New Autism Hiring Program

Inclusion in Action Spotlight: Google recently established a new initiative to recruit and retain employees on the autism spectrum for its Google Cloud services.

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.

REI: Navigating Inclusion through Innovative Partnerships

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

Watlow: Turning up the Heat on Disability Inclusion

Employer Case Study: Learn how an electrical manufacturing company is benefitting from workplace disability-inclusion.

Starbucks: Brewing Inclusion through Innovation

Employer Case Study: Learn why inclusion is a core value of Starbucks.

Sephora: Enabling a Workforce with Disabilities

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

PepsiCo Video Case Study

Employer Case Study: This video series highlights PepsiCo's work in creating an inclusive workplace. 

CVS Health: 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.

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.

Microsoft: Making the Move to Remote Work

Employer Case Study: Find out how Microsoft ensured its shift to remote work during the COVID-19 pandemic was inclusive of employees and candidates with disabilities. 

JPMorgan Chase: Putting the Best Foot Forward for Disability Inclusion

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.


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.

Digital Accessibility: Driving Disability Inclusion in the Workplace

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.


Publications

Build a Pipeline: Outreach & Recruitment

Workforce Recruitment Program

This fact sheet provides an overview of the Workforce Recruitment Program.

Disability Inclusion: Exploring the Intersections

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

Mentoring as a Disability Inclusion Strategy

Learn how mentoring programs can help improve employee satisfaction, develop organizational leadership and teach new skills.

Tips for Mentoring Student Interns with Disabilities

A practical guide to supporting student interns with disabilities. 

Maximizing the Internship Experience for Interns with Disabilities

Explore the four components of a successful internship program for students with disabilities. 

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. 

Use of Artificial Intelligence to Facilitate Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

Learn about the use of AI as an effective tool to make it easier to recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities. 

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

Learn about proactive outreach and recruitment of people with disabilities. 

EARN and PEAT Checklist for Employers: Facilitating the Hiring of People with Disabilities Through the Use of eRecruiting Screening Systems, Including AI

Use this checklist to evaluate your organization's contracts with vendors who provide eRecruiting screening tools.