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  • 08/17/2016: CAPTEC is Celebrating its 21st Anniversary

    The Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) is celebrating the 21st anniversary of its Technology & Evaluation Center, commonly referred to as CAPTEC!

    Located in the Pentagon, CAPTEC allows individuals seeking solutions to accessibility challenges to view CAP’s available assistive technologies and compare different solutions.  Stephen M. King, the director of CAP, described CAPTEC’s importance as part of CAP’s mission: “The accommodation solutions provided by the Department of Defense through CAP removes barriers for employees with disabilities and Service members, promotes inclusion, and increases productivity.  Through CAP and our Technology & Evaluation center, the Department of Defense demonstrates its unwavering commitment to and investment in its people and to individuals with disabilities across the government.” 

    CAP, the largest centrally funded reasonable accommodation program in the Federal Government and the largest assistive technology program in the world, continues to have a unique impact on the inclusivity of the Federal Government, and CAPTEC plays an essential role in that impact. Mike Young, manager of CAPTEC, describes the center as a “place where our customers realize possibilities.  Matching tools to an individual's job requirements and limitations, and giving that individual the opportunity to try the tools on the spot, allows them to maximize their capabilities.”  Since non-DoD agencies began using CAP services in 2000, the Department of Defense has provided over $21M in assistive technologies to support, equip, and empower federal employees at 69 partner agencies. 

    To learn more about CAP, visit www.cap.mil.

  • 08/05/2016: Partnership for Public Service’s Tim McManus Discusses Use of Data to Ensure Inclusive Recruitment and Retention

    When trying to find and recruit new talent, federal agencies can have too much of a good thing, namely data. But if you know how to use data, you can quickly zero in on the people with real potential. The Partnership for Public Service teamed up with LinkedIn to explore how this works. Strategies may include actually inviting people to apply for a particular position. Finding qualified job candidates requires casting a wide, yet focused net, and one that makes use of special hiring authorities. 

    For more information listen to this Federal News Radio interview: http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2016/08/tim-mcmanus-mastering-the-data-will-help-hiring-process/

  • 08/02/2016: U.S. Department of Labor Highlights Workforce Recruitment Program

    A recent U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) blog post by Deputy Secretary Chris Lu highlights the success of the Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) in bringing together talented people with disabilities and employers who are dedicated to building a diverse workforce. The WRP, which was created in 1995, has played a key role in helping the Federal Government reach its goal of hiring 100,000 people with disabilities under President Obama’s Executive Order 13548, “Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities.” 

    Read the blog post: https://blog.dol.gov/2016/07/29/the-workforce-recruitment-program-a-future-so-bright/

  • 07/26/2016: Presidential Proclamation -- Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act

    July 26, 2016 marks the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  In celebration of this memorable event, President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation: 

    “On July 26, 1990, our Nation marked a pivotal moment in history for Americans with disabilities. Fueled by a chorus of voices who refused to accept a second-class status and driven by a movement that recognized that our country is stronger and more vibrant when we draw on the talents of all our people, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) enshrined into law the notion that Americans living with disabilities deserve to participate in our society free from discrimination. Twenty-six years later, as we mark this anniversary, we recognize all this milestone law has made possible for the disability community…” 

    “Building on this progress is a priority for my Administration. The Federal Government has taken the lead in creating meaningful employment opportunities for people with disabilities. In my first term, I issued an Executive Order that called on Federal agencies and contractors to hire more people with disabilities -- and today, more Americans with disabilities are working in Federal service than at any time in the last three decades…” 

    “I encourage Americans across our Nation to celebrate the 26th anniversary of this civil rights law and the many contributions of individuals with disabilities…” 

    To read the entire proclamation visit https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/25/presidential-proclamation-anniversary-americans-disabilities-act-2016

  • 07/25/2016: BuyAccessible Wizard — A tool to facilitate compliance with the requirements of Section 508

    Planning a technology purchase for your agency? This "wizard" helps Federal Government officials identify Section 508-compliant products in the marketplace and offers guidance on developing and producing accessible electronic and information technology (EIT). Use it to determine whether Section 508 applies to a particular product or service; what specific Section 508 standards apply in particular cases; and how to document specific EIT accessibility requirements. 

    To access the BuyAccessible Wizard, visit: http://app.buyaccessible.gov/baw/Main.jsp.

  • 07/06/2016: The White House Honors the 17th Anniversary of the Olmstead Decision

    A recent White House blog post authored by Maria Town, Associate Director for the Office of Public Engagement, and Vanita Gupta, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, celebrates the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision. 17 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in Olmstead v. L.C. that, under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the unjustified institutional isolation of people with disabilities was a form of unlawful discrimination. The Obama Administration has focused on enforcing the Olmstead decision, moving away from segregated settings such as sheltered workshops by supporting work in integrated community settings for people with disabilities. 

    Read the blog post: https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2016/06/22/celebrating-17th-anniversary-olmstead-decision

  • 07/02/2016: OPM Welcomes New Director of Diversity and Inclusion

    The Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) Acting Director Beth F. Cobert has announced the appointment of Dr. Zina B. Sutch as the agency’s new Director of the Office of Diversity of Inclusion (ODI). Dr. Sutch’s main responsibilities will be to examine federal policies, government-wide data trends, and employee survey findings that affect OPM’s management of HR policy, specifically those that deal with diversity and inclusion issues throughout the Federal Government. Dr. Sutch will also work with federal departments and agencies to help them better understand how to recruit and retain talented individuals from all communities, and she will develop comprehensive strategies to drive and integrate diversity and inclusion practices.

    “OPM’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has accomplished a great deal, and I am looking forward to building on its many successes,” said Dr. Sutch. “I am also looking forward to making sure federal departments and agencies have the tools they need to create a federal workforce that recruits from every segment of society, every community.”

    Read more: https://www.opm.gov/news/releases/2016/06/opm-welcomes-new-director-of-diversity-and-inclusion/.

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