The Employment Accessibility Resource Network (EARN) is a community initiative, led by United Way Ottawa, that brings together in partnership employers, service providers and other stakeholders with the goal of increasing meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities and promoting inclusive and accessible workplaces in Ottawa and the National Capital Region. EARN members support best practices for the hiring of people with disabilities, champion meaningful work for meaningful pay, and endorse the Guiding Principles of EARN.
To date EARN activities have contributed to the following results-based outcomes:
- Over 2000 people with disabilities have found meaningful employment since 2012
- Increased awareness and education around the challenges and opportunities to hiring people with disabilities by providing over 50 networking and educational events since 2011
- Increased community-wide collaboration between employers, service providers, funders and other stakeholders with over 90 active partners
- Over 1300 professionals have participated in our ongoing educational and awareness events