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Presidential Initiatives:
Using Technology to Increase Employment of People with Disabilities

Dinah F. B. Cohen, Director
Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program
Department of Defense
5111 Leesburg Pike, Suite 810
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-681-3976 (Voice)
703-681-0881 (TTY)
703-681-9075 (Fax)
Email: Dinah.Cohen@tma.osd.mil 
Website: http://www.tricare.osd.mil/cap 

Derek Shields, Technical Manager
Axiom Resource Management, Inc.
Accessibility Services Division
5111 Leesburg Pike, Suite 804
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-998-0800 x16 (Voice)
703-681-0881 (TTY)
703-931-9483 (Fax)
Email: Derek.Shields@axiom-rm.com 
Website: http://www.axiom-rm.com  

The presenters will review requirements and best practices to increase employment of people with disabilities in the United States Federal government; including policies and programs to impact the recruitment, hiring, and accommodation processes. The workshop will provide an overview and progress report of Federal initiatives and policies to implement real changes in the accessibility of the electronic and information technology environment for people with disabilities. With the implementation of President George W. Bush's New Freedom Initiative, the Federal government is implementing policies and programs to provide system-wide impact on the ability to recruit, hire, train, promote, and retain people with disabilities in the workplace. This workshop will provide information on the methods for determining and integrating accessible technology solutions for persons with disabilities in the workplace. It also will highlight initiatives and their impact on employment of people with disabilities and the integration of assistive technologies in the workplace.

New Freedom Initiative: Fulfilling America's Promise to Americans with Disabilities

President George W. Bush has made a firm commitment to tearing down barriers to equality in his plan for increasing opportunity and accessibility for Americans with disabilities. With several components, including education, employment, technology, transportation, and housing, the New Freedom Initiative is an integrated plan capable of producing significant improvements for people with disabilities. The workshop will review and provide a progress report on the overall plan, highlighting two specific components:

Recruiting, Hiring, and Accommodating

The Presidential actions, including executive orders, work by the Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities, and the Bush Administration's Initiative, create an elaborate and complex requirement to alter the approach to hiring people with disabilities. The outline for success is apparent. The following programs and initiatives offer starting points, supporting resources, and ongoing management and financial commitments to increase employment of people with disabilities in the Federal government.

Expected Outcomes

The implementation of the Presidential initiatives and related governmental actions will create an accessible environment capable of recruiting, hiring, and accommodating people with disabilities in the Federal government. Programs, such as the WRP and CAP, will access new talents and provide needed accommodations to anyone, anytime, anywhere, as the Federal government opens its electronic and information technology portals to all people. This process will ensure the employment of 100,000 new employees over the next five years.

This workshop will allow the attendees to understand the United States Federal government's plan to become a model employer via the information age's successes. The economy has created jobs that the Federal government has identified as targeted opportunities. By using accessible electronic and information technology, created by working closely with industry and assistive technology vendors, the results are attainable.

Presidential Initiatives Resource List

White House New Freedom Initiative: http://www.whitehouse.gov/infocus/newfreedom

Department of Labor: http://www.dol.gov

Office of Personnel Management: http://www.opm.gov/disability

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission: http://www.eeoc.gov

Section 508 Resources:

Technology Transfer:

Other Presidential Memorandums:

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