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Disability Emphasis Program

Welcome to the North Dakota NRCS Disability Emphasis Program webpage. More than ten percent of the American population has a disability. Someone you know, a family member, a friend, or a co-worker may have a condition that limits their participation in some of life's most common activities.

Disability Emphasis Program Manager (DEPM)

The DEPM encourages hiring, placement and advancement of employees with disabilities and helps to ensure that qualified persons with disabilities receive equal treatment in all aspects of employment and program delivery.  The DEPM also provides guidance, oversight and training to employees and outreach to customers, while working closely with other special emphasis program managers and the Civil Rights Action Committee.

North Dakota DEPM Responsibilities

  • Evaluate and report the impact of recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, training, counseling and career development policies and practices;
  • Develop and/or coordinate the development of Disability Emphasis Program business plan of operations;
  • Analyze and evaluate statistical reports of the workforce in areas such as awards, workforce distribution, training, attrition, under representation and under utilization to identify barriers to the recruitment, employment and advancement of persons with disabilities; and recommend corrective action, if needed;
  • Participate in the development and implementation of Affirmative Employment Program plans; and
  • Support the national DEPM in implementing a viable Disability Emphasis Program agency-wide

Other Related Links

  • Disability Etiquette 
    Conversational courtesies and other common courtesies to extend to persons with disabilities from the Easter Seals website
  • Making Meetings Accessible  
    Improving meeting accessibility as smart business with useful tips and guidelines by Kristin Clarke, American Society of Association Executives (ASAE)
  • Disability Resources on the Internet  
    Generalized website with hundreds of disability-related topics
  • USDA Disability Employment Program
    National Disability Emphasis Program contact information
  • USDA Section 508 Accessibility
    Requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public
  • AgrAbility 
    AgrAbility helps thousands of determined individuals overcome the barriers to continuing their chosen professions in agriculture
  • Job Accommodation Network (JAN) 
    Provides reasonable accommodation information for managers and employees - A free service of the US Labor Department
  • USDA TARGET Center
    Ensures 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
  • EEOC Guidance: Reasonable Accommodation and Undue Hardship 
    Detailed policy guidance with legal cases from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Disability Emphasis Program Manager

Adam Flaagan
Agronomist, Devils Lake FO
(701) 662-4987