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Individuals with Disabilities Employment Program

Disability Definition

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, “Not everyone with a medical condition is protected by the law. In order to be protected, a person must be qualified for the job and have a disability as defined by the law.”

Disabilities Protected Under Regulations

Type of Disability Examples
Physical or Mental Condition that substantially limits a major life activity Impairments with walking, talking, seeing, hearing, or learning
History of a disability Cancer in remission
A physical or mental impairment that is not transitory-lasting or expected to last six months or less) and minor (even if he does not have such an impairment) Cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, bipolar/manic depression

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Regulations

Regulation Description
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Prohibits discrimination based on disability and encourages employment within the federal sector
Final Rule on Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Engage in affirmative action for people with disabilities
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Prohibits discrimination and encourages employment for individuals who have disabilities within both the private and public sector
American with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 Expanded the definition of what was covered as a disability to allow more people to be covered under the law
Civil Rights Act of 1964 Prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability
29 Code of Federal Regulation 1614 Federal implementation of the Civil Rights Act
Executive Order 13548 Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

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Annual Reporting Requirements

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued MD 715 in 2003.  The Management Directive includes a Part J which specifically addresses employment and promotion of individuals with targeted disabilities.  Below is the specific language from EEOC's Part J of the MD 715.

Agencies with 1,000 or more permanent employees are to use the space provided below to describe the strategies and activities that will be undertaken during the coming fiscal year to maintain a special recruitment program for individuals with targeted disabilities and to establish specific goals for the employment and advancement of such individuals. For these purposes, targeted disabilities may be considered as a group. Agency goals should be set and accomplished in such a manner as will effect measurable progress from the preceding fiscal year. Agencies are encouraged to set a goal for the hiring of individuals with targeted disabilities that is at least as high as the anticipated losses from this group during the next reporting period, with the objective of avoiding a decrease in the total participation rate of employees with disabilities.

Goals, objectives and strategies described below should focus on internal as well as external sources of candidates and include discussions of activities undertaken to identify individuals with targeted disabilities who can be (1) hired; (2) placed in such a way as to improve possibilities for career development; and (3) advanced to a position at a higher level or with greater potential than the position currently occupied.

In addition to working on improved recruitment, hiring, and retention, VA continues to explore various ways to provide career development training and advancement opportunities for employees with targeted disabilities.  Ideas and suggestions would be appreciated.

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Multi-Agency Task Force for Increasing Employment for People with Disabilities and the Elderly

Federal agencies participate in a Multi-Agency Task Force to share strategies and practices to enhance employment of individuals with disabilities and the elderly (age 55 and older). Each agency provides a representative and VA's is Nanese Loza, VA's Individuals with Disabilities Employment Program Manager.

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Library: Program Overview and Plans

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Library: Hiring Goal

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Library: Useful Information

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Library: Training PowerPoint Presentations

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Internship Program for Individuals with Disabilities

  • VA partners with the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) to provide work experience opportunities for college students and recent graduates with disabilities. VA's Office of Enterprise Support Services administers this program for VA. For more information, please visit VA's WRP web page.

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