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People with disabilities no longer have to prove 'job readiness'

When a person in New York who does not have a disability applies for a job with the federal government, he or she usually has to submit a resume that details their education, experience and other skills that may be relative to the job. For people with disabilities, however, things have been different. Along with a resume of accomplishments and work history, they have had to provide a statement from a doctor or disability benefits agency to prove their "job readiness." Fortunately for those who feel this is unfair, that process has been eliminated.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management changed the rule last week, so people who have psychiatric, intellection and severe physical disabilities can simply apply. A notice in the Federal Register said the move was intended to simplify the process of applying for federal government jobs for people with disabilities. Their relevant experience and skills, it read, is enough to determine if they are ready to work.

Schedule A is process through which the federal government seeks out employees who have certain disabilities. This process is different from the normal competitive process and is what the new rules will be applied to.

For many people who live with disabilities, it is frustrating enough when employers are hesitant to make a job offer based on a disability. To have to have a doctor's note to show that you are capable of working can be insulting and offensive. Fortunately, the government has recognized this and has continued to promote equality and fairness in its hiring practices.

Source: Disability Scoop, "Hiring Requirements Eased For Those With Disabilities," Michelle Diament, Feb. 25, 2013

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