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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.

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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.

  • 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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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.  

Americans with Disabilities Act & Workplace Safety

Learn about the connection between the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in relation to workplace safety.  

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs)

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

Workers’ Compensation

Understand how workers' compensation programs support retention of your workforce. 

Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA)

Review the basics of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

Mentoring

Mentoring is an effective strategy to promote retention and advancement of employees with disabilities.

Stay at Work/Return to Work

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

Retain

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

Accommodations and Retention

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

Inclusive Retention: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact employee retention.

Creating Inclusive Workplaces

Explore strategies for fostering a supportive and inclusive workplace culture.

Retention Strategies

Explore strategies to help retain employees with disabilities.

Measuring Progress

Track and review data to ensure your workplace is retaining employees with disabilities.

Retention in Action: Case Studies

Read about companies’ efforts to ensure they retain employees with disabilities.

Older Workers

Learn about effective strategies that help older workers stay on the job. 

Workplace Flexibility

Learn about the role of workplace flexibility in retention of people with disabilities.  


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.

Social & Scientific Systems: Investing in a Valued Employee

Employer Case Study: Read about a Social & Scientific Systems employee who returned to work after a spinal cord injury.

Lockheed Martin: Customizing Accommodations Results in Increased Productivity for All

Employer Case Study: Learn how providing customized accommodations for employees with disabilities results in improved productivity at Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin: A Small Investment Yields Big Gains

Employer Case Study: Retention strategies help Lockheed Martin keep a valued employee.

Deloitte: Retaining a High Performing Employee through Workplace Accommodations

Employer Case Study: Learn how a small monetary investment helped a high performing employee return to work after developing a physical disability.

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. 


Events

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.

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.


Publications

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

Centralized Accommodation Programs (CAP) in Practice

This checklist provides an overview of the essential components of a centralized accommodation program.

Increasing Disability Inclusion: Centralized Accommodation Programs as a Best Practice

Learn how CAPs consolidate accommodation services and funding to improve outcomes for workers with disabilities.

Professional Development and Advancement of Employees with Disabilities

The research brief explores effective strategies for retaining and advancing employees with disabilities. 

Disability-Inclusive COVID-19 Workplace Health and Safety Plans

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

Best Practices for Improving Workplace Mental Health

Results of a 2019 review of literature on workplace mental health.

Working Well: Leading a Mentally Healthy Business

This external document from a collaboration of agencies explores strategies for leading a mentally healthy business.  

An Employer’s Guide to Employee Assistance Programs

This guide from the Center for Prevention and Health Services provides information for employers about employee assistance (EAP) programs.

Employee Assistance Programs for a New Generation of Employees

This external document explores the benefits of EAPs.

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Webinar: Presentation Slides

Explore the slides from EARN's Mental Health in the Workplace webinar held on March 11, 2020. 

Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace: Learning Guide

Read the companion piece to EARN's Mental Health and Wellness in the Workplace Webinar held on March 11, 2021 to learn how employers can help support employee wellbeing.

The Business Value of Employee Assistance Programs (EAP): A Conceptual Model

This external document explores that business case for EAPs.

EARN and PEAT Planning Accessible ERG Events Fact Sheet

Learn how to ensure access for all to your employee resource groups. 

Absence and Disability Management Policies

Learn more about employee absenteeism, its causes and how to manage it. 

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

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