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!