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Disability Awareness: August 2014

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IMPORTANT AUGUST DATES:

 - Eye Injury Prevention Month
 - Immunization Awareness Month
 - Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month




"I am different, not less."

~Temple Grandin


DPARK - INTERACTIVE ACCESSIBLE PARKING SPACE DIRECTORY

The Disability and Communication Access Board, Department of Health, State of Hawaii has developed an online application that allows community members to document the location and photo of accessible parking spaces. Users can then type in an address or intersection to determine the closest accessible parking space.

Users can document a parking space either on a computer or on a phone internet browser. After 500 parking spaces are uploaded, the DCAB will create a free iPhone and Android app.

PLEASE ASSIST IN THIS EFFORT AND SUBMIT A SPACE THIS MONTH!

BRIEF OVERVIEW - SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITY FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITY

HR recruits candidates for federal job opportunities through (1) Non-Status announcements and (2) Status announcements. Non-Status announcements are open to candidates with no prior federal employment. Status announcements are open to candidates who have “status” based on current or previous federal employment and candidates that qualify for a special non-competitive hiring authority.

Special non-competitive hiring options available for individuals with disabilities include (1) 30% or More Disabled Veteran and (2) Schedule A Disabled. The first question on a PIA questionnaire is a multiple choice question where applicants may indicate current or past federal employment or a special hiring authority, selecting any choice would put that applicant into the non-competitive pool. Consequently, special hiring authority is generally used to get individuals into the federal system. Special hiring authority options may be beneficial to current federal employees in certain situations. An example would be a current federal employee who doesn’t meet the time and grade requirements for grade promotion. The individual may have private sector experience to qualify for the next grade, but cannot apply as a federal employee because they have spent less than one year in their current grade. Selecting a special hiring authority would put them in the non-competitive pool and their private sector experience would qualify them for the higher grade.

Individuals selected under a special hiring authority are not converted to career-appointment (competitive status) right away and the conversion is not mandatory, it must be mutually beneficial to the employee and the agency. A veteran would be placed in an excepted appointment (without time limitation) and may be converted to career-appointment after 60 days.  Schedule A appointments may be converted after two years of service, or one year for those that are also preference-eligible.

PLEASE CONTACT HR FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION

USEFUL LINKS

  • ADA and ABA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings & Facilities
  • ADA Information and Technical Assistance on the Americans with Disabilities Act
  • AgrAbility Fact Sheets - The fact sheets are designed to provide useful information and resources to any farmer or agricultural worker who has a disability, injury or illness.
  • Deaf Linx - Fighting Audism Through Empowerment
  • Deaf Websites - Online Deaf Web Directory
  • DiversityInc - Those who have a .gov email address can sign up for free magazine subscription.
  • Expanding Your Market - Planning/conducting meetings and events that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Faces and Facts of Disability - Official Social Security website
  • Helpful Healthy Chart (PDF; 38 KB)
  • How to Make Your Computer Workstation More User-Friendly
  • Know Your Employment Rights as a Disabled American
  • US Department of Labor
  • The Disability Emphasis Program goals are to:
  • Promote understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities.
  • Promote understanding of the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
  • Provide reasonable accommodations and accessibilities.
  • Encourage managers to provide career enhancement and promotions for people with disabilities.
  • Target Center logo

    The USDA TARGET Center's mission is to– Ensure that all USDA employees have safe and equal access to electronic and information technology by assessing, educating, and advocating for the integration of assistive technology and worksite accommodations.

    Contact

    PIA Disability Program Manager
    Alicia Greene
    Field Office Engineer
    USDA-NRCS Hilo Service Center
    Phone: 808-933-8352
    Email: Alicia.Greene@hi.usda.gov

    USDA is an equal opportunity employer and provider.