The President's Committee on Employment of People withDisabilities is an independent federal agency with a chairman and vice chairs appointed by the President. The committee's mission is to facilitate the communication, coordination, and promotion of public and private efforts to enhance the employment of people with disabilities. To do this, the committee provides information, training, and technical assistance to America's business leaders, organized labor, rehabilitation and service providers, advocacy organizations, families, and individuals with disabilities. The President's Committee reports to the President on the progress and problems of maximizing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
A number of major initiatives under way in this fiscal year include:
- implementing a pilot project called the Business Leadership Network. Its goal is to develop a knowledgeable core of employers who can educate other employers in nine states initially, with the long-term goal of developing such a network in all 50 states. When fully implemented, this network will be a complementary activity of the President's Committee's Disability Communications Network, and the two networks will work in concert at all levels;
- conducting a national demonstration project, High School/High Tech, to give promising young students with disabilities an opportunity to develop their potential for careers in science and technology fields. This employer-driven approach to nurturing future workers has so far served 4,500 students in seven sites across the United States;
- co-sponsoring with the Department of Defense the Federal Recruitment Program for Students with Disabilities. Supported by eight federal agencies, this program is designed to provide over 150 summer and permanent employment opportunities for college students with disabilities;
- pursuing an outreach program for Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) covering all employment concerns, including conducting a Business Forum on Strategies for Implementing the ADA;
- pursuing an initiative to include minorities with disabilities in programs to improve their employment prospects. Projects have been held in dozens of locations across the country;
- conducting the National Conference of the President's Committee in Portland, Oregon, from May 17 to 19. The conference, expected to serve more than 2,500 delegates, will offer information and resources on the employment of people with disabilities;
- promoting the observance of "National Disability Employment Awareness Month" (NDEAM) in October. The committee will lead this Congressionally-mandated observance by preparing and distributing materials, including a Presidential proclamation, and supporting state and local NDEAM events through public appearances;
- and by continuing the operation of the Job Accommodation Network that responds to over 64,000 calls on questions dealing with employment accommodations, the ADA, and related matters.
For more information on ADA Job Accommodations, call 1-800-ADA-WORK or for a copy of the committee's publication list, contact the public affairs division of the committee by calling 202-376-6200 (Voice) or 202-376-6205 TDD, or faxing 202-376-6859.