The following excerpted article is from The Inclusion Daily Express:
White House Makes Push For Agencies, Contractors To Hire People With Disabilities
(Federal News Radio)
October 7, 2009
WASHINGTON, DC– [Excerpt] For the first time, the White House is strongly recommending contractors and grantees join agencies in providing more employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
President Obama Monday kicked off National Disability Employment Awareness Month by detailing several initiatives the federal government will lead.
“Across this country, millions of people with disabilities are working or want to work, and they should have access to the support and services they need to succeed,” the President says in a statement. “As the nation’s largest employer, the federal government and its contractors can lead the way by implementing effective employment policies and practices that increase opportunities and help workers achieve their full potential. We must also rededicate ourselves to fostering an inclusive work culture that welcomes the skills and talents of all qualified employees. That’s why I’ve asked the responsible agencies to develop new plans and policies to help increase employment across America for people with disabilities.”
Mr. Obama’s announcement comes as the U.S. Access Board is leading an effort to update the accessibility standards, known as Section 508, for technology. Additionally, the General Services Administration will begin surveying agencies on how they are implementing the 508 regulations.
White House makes push for agencies, contractors to hire people with disabilities
Statement by U.S. Education Secretary Duncan on National Disability Employment Awareness Month (U.S. Department of Education)