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Increasing Disability Employment in the Federal Government

A Toolkit for Federal Agencies on Implementing Executive Order 13548

IMAGE MAP: Toolkit for Federal Agencies - Step 1: Recruitment, Step 2: Hiring, Step 3: Training, Step 4: Creating a Welcoming Environment, Step 5: Retention Step 1: Training Step 2: Creating a Welcoming Environment Step 3: Recruitment Step 4: Hiring Step 5: Retention

Step 4: Hiring
Interview and hire qualified employees with disabilities

Receive an overview of federal disability hiring practices from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.  

Learn the basics of the Schedule A hiring process at Schedule A: internships, fellowships, training and mentoring programs.

A Schedule A Letter is proof of disability and certification of job readiness. This form or other appropriate documentation (e.g., records, statements or other appropriate information) can be issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a state, the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory, to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., state or private); or any federal agency, state agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. This form can be provided to a candidate who may not have started the process of obtaining this documentation.

The Veterans Hiring Toolkit - Americas Heroes at Work is designed to assist and educate employers who have made the proactive decision to include transitioning Service Members, veterans and wounded warriors in their recruitment and hiring initiatives.

Self-Identification of Disability Form SF256 (Rev. 7/10) includes the legal definition of disability and lists various disabilities .  This form can be used to ask people with disabilities to self identify.

For data collection purposes you can see what is, and what is not considered, a Targeted Disability.

Provide employees with the right accommodations to perform their job

Read about Executive Order 13164, which requires federal agencies to establish procedures to facilitate the provision of reasonable accommodations.

Learn more about Advancing Opportunities: Accommodations Resources for Federal Managers and Employees.

Visit the Job Accommodation Network (JAN), the nation's leading source of FREE and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Get FREE consulting services about Federal Accommodation Programs for Federal Employers.

Get to know the procedures for processing reasonable accommodation requests from the EEOC.

Discover the benefits of Maximizing Productivity: Accommodations for Employees with Psychiatric Disabilities.

Learn the benefits of Workplace Personal Assistance Services (WPAS) for workers with significant disabilities.

The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) provides FREE assistive technology to federal employees with disabilities and wounded Service Members.