Recognition for Disability Inclusion Initiatives
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) is pleased to announce recognition for several of its initiatives by national and international awards programs in recent months.
To start, EARN’s Inclusion@Work employer policy framework received an U.S. Secretary of Labor’s Honor Award for Exceptional Achievement. The framework was developed by EARN in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) and a range of employers with exemplary track records in disability employment. It outlines seven core components of a disability-inclusive workplace, along with a menu of strategies for achieving them. An interactive, multi-media tool, Inclusion@Work also received a Platinum MarCom Award and a Horizon Interactive Award Honorable Mention.
Earlier this year, EARN also produced a brief animated video to introduce the many ways it stands at the ready to help employers recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified individuals with disabilities. This video earned a Communicator Award of Distinction and a Gold Hermes Creative Award.
EARN also recently launched the Dinah Cohen Training Center for Disability Employment and Inclusion, an online repository that offers a wide range of tools and turn-key presentations that employers can use to implement virtual or live disability inclusion training in their workplaces. This resource received a Communicator Award of Distinction, a Gold AVA Digital Award, a Silver Horizon Interactive Award and a Hermes Creative Honorable Mention.
About the Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN)
Funded by ODEP, under a cooperative agreement with The Viscardi Center, EARN is a resource for employers seeking to recruit, hire, retain and advance qualified employees with disabilities. To access these award-winning resources and find additional tools and information about increasing disability inclusion in the workplace, visit AskEARN.org.
About The Viscardi Center
Founded by Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr., who served as disability advisor to eight U.S. Presidents and became one of the world’s leading advocates, The Viscardi Center educates, employs and empowers people with disabilities. It provides Kindergarten through High School education (up to age 21), school-to-work youth transition services, vocational training, career counseling and employment placement, assistive technology, and adapted driver education to children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of disabilities. The Center also assists businesses in diversifying their workforces, as well as developing and advancing disability inclusive cultures in their workplaces.