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Building an Inclusive Workforce

A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Retaining Employees with Disabilities

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TalentWorks

Accessible eRecruiting for Employers

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The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)

a recruitment and referral program connecting employers nationwide with highly motivated college students and recent graduates with disabilities

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In addition to taking steps to recruit and hire people with disabilities, organizations should review their policies and processes to ensure they retain employees with disabilities. Numerous strategies can assist in doing so. The topics below provide information to help you ensure valued employees with disabilities, including those who may acquire a disability due to injury, illness or aging, succeed. 

Accomodations & Retention

Learn about the role accommodations play in retaining employees with disabilities.

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Establishing and Maintaining Successful Employee Resource Groups

This Toolkit outlines twelve steps on how to start, implement, and maintain Disability Employee Resource Groups.

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Inclusion@Work: A Framework for Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization

Explore strategies for creating disability-inclusive workplace cultures and meeting your organization's diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals.

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Inclusive Retention: Applicable Laws & Regulations

Learn about federal laws and regulations that impact employee retention.

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Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)

The U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) supports several initiatives that help employers interested in hiring individuals with disabilities.

Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)

a free, nationwide service that educates employers about effective strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining and advancing people with disabilities. EARN also maintains a list of job posting websites geared toward job seekers with disabilities and a collection of success stories about employers that have made a commitment to disability inclusion.

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP)

a free resource that connects private businesses and federal agencies nationwide with qualified job candidates for temporary or permanent positions in a variety of fields. Applicants are highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workforce. Through WRP.jobs, private employers interested in gaining access to these individuals can post permanent and temporary positions. WRP participants can then search and apply for these positions using an employer's standard application processes.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

provides free, expert advice on workplace accommodations that may be necessary to assist qualified individuals with disabilities apply for a job and maximize their productivity once onboard.

  • Although not a resource for hiring per se, the Campaign for Disability Employment offers a variety of media assets, including video public service announcements, all designed to encourage employers and others to recognize the value and talent people with disabilities add to America's workplaces and economy. Employers can use these resources in the workplace to help spark conversations about disability issues.

ODEP also offers several fact sheets and other resources to educate employers about effective recruitment and hiring strategies, as well as laws such as Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which protects the employment rights of people with disabilities. The  U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces the employment provisions of the ADA under Title I.

U.S. Department of Labor Resources on Hiring People with Disabilities

Other Resources on Hiring People with Disabilities

Building a Disability-Inclusive Organization

Recruiting People with Disabilities

Recruiting People with Disabilities