Federal Initiatives

This section provides basic information regarding key Federal resources that will assist with the employment of people with disabilities in the Federal government.

Executive Order

On July 26, 2010, marking the 20th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), President Obama issued Executive Order (EO) 13548. The order directs Executive departments and agencies to improve their efforts to employ Federal workers with disabilities and targeted disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring, and retention of these individuals. Executive Order 13548 demonstrates the President’s strong commitment to making the Federal Government a welcoming place for people with disabilities where they can thrive and make the most of their talents and abilities. Agencies have until March 8, 2011 (120 days from the date of this memorandum) to submit their plans for increasing employment of people with disabilities.

The White House: Executive Order-- Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-increasing-federal-employment-individuals-with-disabilities

Model Strategies for Recruitment and Hiring of People with Disabilities as Required Under Executive Order 13548 http://www.chcoc.gov/transmittals/TransmittalDetails.aspx?TransmittalID=3228


Executive Order Toolkit

A Toolkit for Federal Agencies on Implementing Executive Order 13548 is designed to increase employment of job candidates with disabilities in the federal government. The Toolkit reflects disability employment policies and practices that agencies can readily adopt and use to create an inclusive workplace for workers with disabilities. It includes useful information on training, accessibility, ways to create a pipeline for candidates, plus the basics of hiring, accommodations and retention.

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