EARN a Competitive Advantage
HELP WANTED: Seeking qualified, dedicated problem solvers with a demonstrated ability to adapt to different situations and circumstances.
Regardless of job description or line of work, this ad likely describes what you look for in new hires. And perhaps more than any other population, people with disabilities meet the criteria. By nature, they’re accustomed to thinking divergently about how to tackle challenges and get the job done. Yet, while research shows that people with disabilities make excellent employees, many employers, especially small businesses, do not know how to effectively recruit, retain and advance them.
That’s where the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) comes in. EARN helps businesses of all sizes employ qualified individuals with disabilities through toll-free technical assistance and individualized consultation, including linkages to state and local community-based organizations that serve job seekers with disabilities. It also provides customized trainings, webinars and events, and regular updates on disability-related laws and regulations.
For those seeking information online, the recently revamped EARN website offers a range of information and resources, such as a guided search tool that offers the option to obtain a customized set of resources based on topic of interest and type of organization as well as real-life examples of inclusive companies that are benefitting from the sought-after skills and talents many people with disabilities have to offer.
EARN is a free service of the National Employer Technical Assistance Center funded by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. It can be contacted at 1-855-AskEARN (1-855-275-3276) (Voice/TTY) or www.AskEARN.org. All inquires to EARN are confidential; no contact information is shared with any outside entity.
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