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  • 11/16/2015: Making Federal Employment Accessible thru DOD’s CAP App

    “My Disability is One Part of Who I Am” was the theme of the 70th National Disability Employment Awareness Month this past October. We celebrated the many contributions of our friends and co-workers with disabilities and recognized the diverse skills and talents they bring to our workplace.

    However, the real question is: how do we create a comfortable work environment that provides equal access and growth opportunities for all?

    The Department of Defense’s Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program (CAP) created a free app that is available for download at the iTunes App Store and Google Play.

    The CAP mobile app allows people to use their mobile devices to look up information about the services and resources offered by CAP. It serves as a vocational planning aid designed for use by U.S government employees with disabilities who require assistive technology and other accommodations to perform their jobs. It is also for their supervisors who need to provide reasonable accommodation.

    You can use this app to learn about a variety of accommodation solutions. The solutions describe in detail smart phone accessibility features and lead you to other useful mobile apps and self-help tools. For example, there are tools that allow you to recognize and rate your level of anxiety, and the Breathe2Relax app teaches stress-reducing breathing techniques.

    The app includes many useful features such as:

    • A running tally of accommodations provided to federal employees
    • News and tips on the latest assistive technologies
    • Information about events in the disability community, both CAP-related and others
    • The ability to download CAP event presentations and materials to your phone
    • Videos to learn about assistive technology and how it can help you
    • The ability to contact CAP

    Although DoD designed this app to serve federal employees and service members with functional limitations, it serves as a great starting point for the non-federal workforce to learn about assistive technologies that can help them get their job done. Overall, this app is a great resource for reasonable accommodation information.

    For more information, visit


    Article contributed by Nirmala Ramprasad on November 5, 2015 to

  • 10/28/2015: JAN's Federal Employer Winter Webcast Series Has Arrived!

    Find practical solutions with JAN's 2016 Federal Employer Winter Webcast Series. Beginning in January, JAN will provide three free 1.5-hour Webcast sessions in 2016. The three-part series will cover Federal sector hiring and employment, reasonable accommodation, and best practices. JAN will welcome guest speakers from the Transportation Security Administration and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Audience members will include Federal disability program managers, hiring managers, supervisors, EEO representatives, selective placement coordinators, and others involved in hiring and managing workers in the Federal government. Gather your employees together in a room for live, in-service training. Educate yourself, management, and other employees on disability etiquette, assistive technologies, management techniques, and the latest on accommodations and the employment provisions of the Rehabilitation Act. All Webcasts begin at 2 pm eastern and continue for 1.5 hours. Learn more and register to attend at

  • 10/21/2015: OPM Releases Report on the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Executive Branch

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued its annual report pursuant to Executive Order 13548 on the representation of people with disabilities in the federal workforce.  By the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2014, total permanent federal employment for people with disabilities had increased from 234,395 in FY 2013 to 247,608, representing an increase from 12.80 percent to 13.56 percent. New hires with disabilities totaled 20,615, representing an increase from 18.18 percent in FY 2013 to 19.74 percent in FY2014.

    To implement Executive Order 13548, OPM has been working with partner agencies to implement and improve efforts to employ workers with disabilities through increased recruitment, hiring and retention. OPM has identified these efforts as a key component of human resource strategies, and has required agencies to adopt an integrated approach involving their Human Resource, Equal Employment Opportunity, and Diversity and Inclusion offices. Agencies are expected to implement practices within their agencies that promote diversity and inclusion for all employees. 

    To view the report, visit:


  • 10/21/2015: Share Your NDEAM Celebrations!

    Are you hosting an event to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)? Has your local newspaper written an NDEAM-themed article? If you want to share your NDEAM activities with us, please send them along to We will add them to the "NDEAM News and Events from around the Nation" page on the Office of Disability Employment Policy's website.

    Read about NDEAM News and Event from around the Nation.

  • 10/13/2015: SSA’s Office of Disability Policy Hosts “Reasonable Accommodations” Online Dialogue Through October 30

    The Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Disability Policy is inviting its stakeholders to participate in a crowdsourcing event on “Reasonable Accommodations.”  In an effort to keep pace with changes in medicine, health care practice, technology, and the world of work, SSA continuously scans the environment to determine if there are advances that it should consider in our program.  Through this online dialogue, SSA is specifically interested in learning if there are reasonable accommodations so widely available nationally that they are rather commonplace and therefore should be considered in decision-making.

    Participants are asked to provide ideas and comments through October 30, 2015 by visiting  to register.  

    The following provides background information, as well as details on how to participate.

    Methodology and Instruction: 

    IdeaScale is an online discussion forum to solicit ideas from interested staff and organizations about evaluating reasonable accommodations. SSA will moderate the received ideas and comments received during regular business hours. Due to this process, you may not be able to view your post immediately. SSA will consider all ideas and comments received though IdeaScale, however, SSA will not be able to respond to them. Of note:

    • Only include information that you wish to make publicly available.
    • Do Not include any personal information such as Social Security numbers or medical information.
    • To submit comments:
    •  Visit to register.
    •  “Reasonable Accommodations” will display.
    • Select the “Register” icon on the right side of the page and create an account by entering your SSA email address. 
    • IdeaScale will provide an alert that “Your account has been created”.
    • You will receive an instruction to check your email account to confirm the new IdeaScale account.
    • Once in your email account, open the SSA Disability Ideas email message and click on the underlined “Yes, this is my email” link.
    • The link will direct you to the Office of Disability Policy feedback community.
    • Follow the instructions to enter and confirm a password.
    • You will receive an alert that your “Password Successfully Updated”.
    • Click the “continue” button.
    • You are now registered and verified.


  • 10/01/2015: National Disability Employment Awareness Month Kicks Off!

    October 1st marks the start of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2015, and employers of all sizes are encouraged to participate! Held each October, NDEAM celebrates the many and diverse contributions of America’s workers with disabilities, both past and present, and employers can take part in a variety of ways. To help, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy offers a list of ideas as well as resources such as posters, sample media materials and more.

    Learn more about NDEAM.

  • 09/28/2015: Disability Mentoring Day 2015 to Launch Oct. 21

    A centerpiece of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Disability Mentoring Day (DMD) will take place this year on October 21 at workplaces across the nation. Sponsored by the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), DMD is a job shadowing and career development program for young people with disabilities within both the public and private sector. While it typically takes place the third Wednesday of each October, employers, can plan DMD programs at any time of year, and AAPD offers a variety of resources to help.

    Learn more about DMD or view a list of DMD events.

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