Disability Policy and Services
Department of Labor
Office of Disability Employment
Employer Assistance Referral Network
Marketing and Operations
The Employer Assistance & Recruiting Network (EARN) is a nationwide
program to increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
EARN offers two free services for employers: technical assistance to
help employers understand the business case and practical approaches
for integrating people with disabilities into their workplace, and recruiting
services to help employers find qualified job candidates with disabilities.
Success of EARN/TTH is based on the principles of
supply and demand. On the supply side, CESSI works
with ENs, recruits providers to sign up with EARN,
and, most recently, recruits people with disabilities
to apply for EARN jobs. On the demand side, CESSI educates,
trains, and assists employers in establishing policies
and procedures and in recruiting and hiring qualified
candidates with disabilities.
CESSI has broadened EARN’s nationwide network of disability
employment service providers through increased marketing
efforts. We have created materials for a Web site and
distributed a monthly newsletter explaining EARN’s
services and giving access to disability employment
Our recruiting techniques include participation at
conferences and meetings, working through partnerships
with established organization and direct contact.
We maintain extensive lists of providers obtained through
our work in the field that will be available to support
EN recruitment under the PMRO.
EARN has more than doubled the number of service providers
in its nationwide network since CESSI began managing
EARN. Since January 2004, 2,874 new providers began
participating with EARN. As of June 2005, more than
4,700 providers were enrolled with EARN.
CESSI completed a Business Case for Hiring People
with Disabilities. This effort involved researching
and developing two business cases: one relevant to
private-sector employers and one for Federal employers.
The business cases reflect current research and studies
as well as employer experience and input. Key points
of the business case are supported by a number of citations,
including research studies, news articles, and other
materials. The Business Cases reside on the EARN Web
In addition to smooth program operations and accelerated
growth of the program, CESSI has met ODEP goals for
supporting research activities through development
of employer surveys, conducting employer focus groups,
initiating industry-specific research, and mining program
data to support ODEP activities.
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