The White House released a new resource guide February 3, to assist businesses in their efforts to increase disability employment.
“Passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has enabled more people with disabilities to join the workforce than ever before,” the guide states. “Today, young people with disabilities expect to join the workforce and to be financially independent.
“Unfortunately, the vast majority of working age adults with disabilities still face structural and attitudinal barriers that block their access to steady employment and economic security. In order to fulfill the promise of the ADA – equal employment opportunity and full inclusion – we need to create new curb cuts and pathways for people with disabilities.”
The resource guide was released as part of the White House Summit on Disability and Employment, hosted by the Obama Administration’s Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative, which was attended by a variety of businesses, philanthropies, and disability advocates, as described on the White House blog.
The guide is divided into four sections. The first section highlights best practice for recruiting people with disabilities, as well as a description of the ADA regulations during the interview process. The second section focuses on respecting, promoting and retaining employees with disabilities. The third section offers guidance to providing reasonable accommodation. The final section is an overview of the legal framework of the ADA.
“We have heard time and time again that employers do not want to visit ten government websites to access the information they need,” EEOC Commissioner Chai R. Feldblum said in a news release. “This resource guide is an example of federal agencies coming together to respond to the needs of employers by creating a central repository of user-friendly information and resources.”
The Curb Cuts to the Middle Class Initiative is a federal cross-agency initiative that includes representatives from the EEOC, Department of Education, Department of Labor, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, Department of Veterans Affairs, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Council on Disability, Office of Personnel Management and the Social Security Administration.