US Department of Labor relaunches EARN web site to help make public, private sector workplaces more inclusive for people with disabilities
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the newly redesigned Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion web site.
Supported cooperatively by the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and Cornell University, the EARN site offers resources to help employers of all sizes and industries recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities and develop disability-inclusive workplace cultures.
The redesigned web site highlights four essential components of the employment lifecycle – recruitment, hiring, retention and advancement – and explores how including people with disabilities in each of these areas helps employers meet their workplace diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility goals.
The resources include online training courses, useful checklists, policy guides, videos and recorded webinars on issues related to disability inclusion. The site also offers information on topics such as workplace mental health, employment issues related to coronavirus, inclusive telework, federal contractor requirements and the benefits of neurodiversity in the workplace.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2021, ODEP promotes policies and coordinates with employers and all levels of government to increase workplace success for people with disabilities. The agency supports policy development and technical assistance centers, including EARN.
EARN is a free resource that helps employers tap the benefits of disability diversity by educating public- and private-sector organizations on ways to build inclusive workplace cultures.