Nominate Promising Business Practices

The Insititute for Community Inclusion (ICI) is conducting research on business relations and employment for people with disabilities served by state vocational rehabilitation VR agencies. We are currently accepting nominations of business relations practices used by VR agencies and other employment programs.

Can you help identify emerging practices? Theyre looking for ones that:

  • Meet the needs of businesses for example, dual-customer approach
  • Promote the employment of people with disabilities

As part of this effort, the ICI is creating a publicly accessible index of practices being implemented by VR agencies, other public or private employment agencies, and businesses.

If you know of any activity or practice that focuses on meeting the needs of businesses and promoting employment for people with disabilities, please let them know. They are looking for innovative practices, either new or longstanding. The nominated practices are not required to be formally established or evidence-based.

Please nominate a practice using this nomination form.

Events, News

EARN Announces NDEAM Webinars

EARN will be presenting a free weekly webinar series in October in recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). The 30-minute webinars start at 2 p.m. ET each Thursday in October. Scheduled dates and topics include:

Oct. 3: Employers Can’t Afford to Ignore Mental Health

Oct. 10: Disability Disclosure and Self-identification: Benefits, Barriers and Implementable Solutions

Oct. 17: Proactive Compliance Strategies for Federal Contractors

Oct. 24: Home Again and Back to Work: The Employment of Veterans with Disabilities

Also join us for a Twitter chat and Q&A with EARN staff and webinar presenters during and after the webinars (2:00-3:00 p.m. ET).

Follow @AskEARN on Twitter and use the hashtag #AskEARN to participate.

Events, News

Employers: What Can We Do? Join the Conversation for Change on September 9-11, 2013

Help shape federal strategies to assist employers in creating a
diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities

Employers and other interested stakeholders are invited to participate in an online Employer Dialogue being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The dialogue will be centered around the main question, “What services do you need to facilitate the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities?”

Employers, human resource and diversity professionals, and all others with expertise and insight into disability employment issues are encouraged to participate in the Employer Dialogue by submitting ideas and comments and/or voting on others’ ideas and comments. Submissions will be accepted 24 hours a day, using an online crowdsourcing tool. Together, these contributions will help inform ODEP’s work going forward.

The Employer Dialogue is being facilitated through ODEP’s ePolicyWorks initiative and will be moderated by ODEP’s Employer Policy team. To register and participate, visit


The Workforce Recruitment Program

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a free resource through which private businesses and federal agencies nationwide can identify qualified temporary and permanent candidates from a variety of professional fields. Applicants are highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates eager to prove their abilities in the workforce.

via EARN: Reference Desk – Workforce Recruitment Program.


AskEARN: A resource for employers

The Employer Assistance Resource Network’s (EARN) vision is to increase employment and workplace inclusion for people with disabilities by engaging and empowering employers to be leaders in this effort. EARN’s mission is to be a center for excellence in supporting employers’ talent acquisition and competitiveness by:

  • empowering employers to source, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities through dissemination, collaboration, and technical assistance; and
  • researching and promoting promising employer-focused disability practices and policies.

EARN receives funding from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy.

To learn more, go to: AskEARN