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Small Business Toolkit on Employing Workers with Disabilities

Greetings from the Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy! Our technical assistance center, the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN), recently developed a Small Business Toolkit to help small businesses build their talent pipeline and meet their workforce needs by recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing employees with disabilities. The EARN toolkit contains valuable information on advantages for small businesses that hire workers with disabilities, reasonable accommodations, and other disability-inclusive workplace strategies. Readers will also find additional resources on digital accessibility, employee benefits, federal contracts, financial incentives, laws, workplace mental health, and more.

We are grateful to our colleagues from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration, the Job Accommodation Network, the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., the Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services whose support and hard work made this Toolkit possible.

We know that many of your extension services work closely with small businesses, and we hope that you can share this toolkit with your clients and customers. If you have any questions or feedback on the toolkit, please feel free to share!

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The Extension Foundation was formed in 2006 by Extension Directors and Administrators. Today, the Foundation partners with Cooperative Extension through liaison roles and a formal plan of work with the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP) to increase system capacity while providing programmatic services, and helping Extension programs scale and investigate new methods and models for implementing programs. The Foundation provides professional development to Cooperative Extension professionals and offers exclusive services to its members. In 2020 and 2021, the Extension Foundation has awarded 85% of its direct funding back to the Cooperative Extension System, 100% of funds are used to support Cooperative Extension initiatives. 

This technology is supported in part by New Technologies for Ag Extension (funding opportunity no. USDA-NIFA-OP-010186), grant no. 2023-41595-41325 from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Extension Foundation. For more information, please visit You can view the terms of useat

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