January 17, 2008

EEOC ISSUES REPORT ON FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT OF INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES

by Patricia Schaeffer, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs

On January 15, 2008, the EEOC issued a new report addressing strategies to reverse the declining participation rate of federal employees with targeted disabilities. The percentage of federal employees with targeted disabilities has declined each year since reaching a peak of 1.24 percent in FY 1993 and 1994. In FY 2006, the participation rate of people with targeted disabilities declined to 0.94 percent of the federal government’s total workforce, the lowest participation rate in more than 20 years. Targeted disabilities include deafness, blindness, missing extremities, partial or complete paralysis, convulsive disorders, mental retardation, mental illness, and distortion of the limb and/or spine. The full text of the report is available on the EEOC website.

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