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Disability Emphasis Program

Vermont Disability Emphasis Program 

The Disability Emphasis Program Manager encourages employment of qualified persons with disabilities. These opportunities include a broad range of grade levels and occupational series within NRCS.

The program seeks to promote understanding and appreciation of individuals with disabilities, create full participation in a work environment that capitalizes on creativity and richness, promote understanding of the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, provide reasonable accommodations and accessibilities, and encourage managers to provide career enhancement and promotions for people with disabilities.

Web Sites

 The web sites listed below provide a wealth of information on disability services, employment issues, and laws.  Each site provides additional links for researching a particular issue.

National WEB Sites

Job Accommodations Network – http://janweb.icdi.wvu.edu/

 “Lets users explore various accommodation options for persons with disabilities in the work setting.”

 Contains many good links on employment issues and the Americans with Disabilities Act

 Office of Disability Employment Policy – http://www.dol.gov/odep

Contains much information on employment issues and many links to related sites 

Reasonable Accommodations Procedures - http://www.usda.gov/oo/contents.htm

Procedure for evaluating reasonable accommodations requests

 USDA Target Center – http://www.usda.gov/oo/target

- “Supports federal policies that enforce the accessibility of electronic and information technologies for people with disabilities.”

- “Provides assessments and demonstrations to ensure appropriate implementation of assistive technology for the departments workforce.”

- Contains many related links

 

Local WEB Sites

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation – http://www.vocrehabvermont.org -Services available to Vermonters
 
Rural and Agriculture Program http://vocrehab.vermont.gov/programs/rural_ag   -  “Places members of rural and farm families into jobs consistent with their abilities or to assist them to stay in there current jobs.”

Vermont Association of Business, Industry, and Rehabilitation (VABIR)
http://www.vabir.com  -  “Job placement assistance to persons with disabilities and ADA related information to business and industry.”

 Vermont Center for Independent Living http://www.vcil.org/  - Self referral organization of people with disabilities

Vermont Guide to Accessible Sites http://vocrehab.vermont.gov/resources/meetingsites - Guide to accessible sites for meetings, throughout Vermont

Vermont
Telecommunication Relay Service (VTRS)http://www.vermontrelay.com - Provides information on how to contact hearing impaired or blind customers

Vermont Interpreter Referral Service - http://www.virs.org/ - Provides information on how to obtain a sign language interpreter.

 

Vermont Special Emphasis Program Managers