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When it comes to doing business, being inclusive of people with disabilities — in recruitment, retention and advancement — can offer companies a competitive edge.  People with disabilities are experienced and creative problem solvers.  What's more, they mirror an important and increasingly expanding customer base representing 1 billion individuals worldwide (World Report on Disability 2011).

Sound like the type of employees you'd like working for you?  If so, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) can assist.  EARN helps businesses employ qualified individuals with disabilities through free consultation, education and training, as well as through confidential phone assistance that is available toll-free from 9 am to 5 pm EST at 1-855-AskEARN (1-855-275-3276) (Voice/TTY). For those seeking to obtain information on-line, offers a comprehensive searchable database which includes lists of state and local organizations that can assist in identifying job seekers with disabilities. 

EARN also provides employers access to the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP), a database of more than 2,000 pre-screened, qualified college students and recent graduates with disabilities seeking internships or permanent employment.  Through this program, EARN helps employers not only augment their human capital today, but also build a pipeline of talent for tomorrow. 

EARN is part of the National Employer Technical Assistance, Policy, and Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy

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