5 Step Process to Increase Employment for People with Disabilities

Mar 18, 2011
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The unemployment rate is a pretty big concern in the United States. Statistically, the unemployment rate among people with disabilities has been considerably higher compared to the general population. Fortunately, there have been increased efforts to help the employment rate for people with disabilities. There are groups, agencies, and organizations that are established to help people with disabilities find job opportunities. There are also, grants and services from the state, local and federal levels to assist in employment for people with disabilities.

In July of 2010, President Obama marked the 20th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by signing Executive Order 13548, which aims to transform the disability employment landscape within the federal government. This directive calls on federal departments and agencies to increase the recruitment, hiring and retention of people with disabilities in coming years, and the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) has been assigned to assist the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in implementing the directive.

The ODEP and the OPM have created toolkit of resources to assist federal agencies in recruiting, employing and retaining individuals with disabilities. The toolkit is made up of a five-step process that agencies can readily follow to ensure an inclusive workplace for employees with disabilities. The steps include: employer training, creating a welcoming environment, recruitment, hiring, and retention. Topics include “do’s and don’ts” for interviewing, accessibility and accommodations, how to find technical assistance, and creating a pipeline of candidates.

“This online toolkit is designed to make it easy for federal employers to find and hire excellent workers who happen to have disabilities,” said Kathy Martinez, assistant secretary of labor for the department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy. “Federal agencies–and all employers–are strengthened when they include people with disabilities among their ranks.”

The 5 Step Process

Step 1: Training – Educate yourself on promising employment practices
Step 2: Creating a Welcoming Environment
Step 3: Recruitment – Ensure that your workplace is accessible to all employees
Step 4: Hiring – Create a pipeline of talented workers with disabilities
Step 5: Retention – Keep valued employees with disabilities in your workplace

Author: Jenny Carlton

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jodi-Veritas/100000753580904 Jodi Veritas

    Great article. People with disabilities definitely need more employment opportunities.


  • http://federalhumancapital.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/federal-hiring/ federal hiring

    This is very well done by the Obama. He is doing every bit for the USA, whether it is in the regard of the general men or in the regard of the disable persons. I think he is doing a great job for the welfare of the disable people by providing the federal jobs.
    Definitely Obama will set a landmark with his work.