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Disability Emphasis Program (DEPM)

The objective of the Disability Emphasis Program is to insure that qualified persons with disabilities receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment, promotion, training and career enhancement. The Indiana NRCS will establish a Disability Special Emphasis Program Manager (DEPM). The DEPM reports directly to the Deputy Equal Opportunity Officer, and the Indiana Civil Rights Committee. The functions of the DEPM include: provides assistance and guidance to managers and supervisors on their responsibility in employment of persons with disabilities; serves as principal resource person and staff adviser on legislation, affirmative action programs, and unique concerns/problems related to equal employment opportunities for persons with disabilities; provides training, assistance, and guidance to all employees on disability issues. The DEPM will ensure that all NRCS policy and procedures to implement Reasonable Accommodations for employees and applicants with disabilities are followed, and that all reasonable accommodation requests are handled promptly, fairly and efficiently. The DEPM is responsible for insuring that all facilities leased by the federal government for NRCS program delivery will meet the Uniform Federal Accessibility Standards (UFAS) and that building and site accessibility evaluations are completed on a regular basis. Legal authorities for the Disability Emphasis Program: Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and amendments (PL 93-112, PL 93-516, PL 94-230); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended (PL 88-352); Civil Service Reform Act of 1978 (PL 95-454); Executive Order 13164.

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Contact Information

For more information about the Indiana NRCS Disability Emphasis Program, please contact Evan Smith at: 765-457-2114 Ext. 3