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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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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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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? Learn how to make your website accessible for all users.

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. 

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.

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

Inclusion in Action: 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.

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.

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: 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.

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

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

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.

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.


Publications

Build a Pipeline: Outreach & Recruitment

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.

Mentoring Student Interns with Disabilities

Fact sheet offers ideas for being a supportive mentor for interns with disabilities.

Interns with Disabilities: Maximizing the Internship Experience

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

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. 

Artificial Intelligence & Facilitation of Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities

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

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

Learn about proactive outreach and recruitment of people with disabilities. 

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.

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 Work: Findings from a Focus Group of NILG Members

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

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.

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.