Arlington, Virginia (AFNS) —
The Air Force has implemented a Central Fund for Reasonable Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities. This approach gives senior DAF leaders greater insight into the types of reasonable accommodation requested and funded across the DAF.
“This central fund will help the Air Force retain and develop its current civilian workforce with disabilities, recruit new talent, and remove barriers to promotion,” said the Air Force undersecretary. Gina Ortiz Jones.
Beginning December 15, approved reasonable accommodation requests will be refunded using this fund. The organization will coordinate with the local disability program manager to fulfill approved requests in accordance with local procurement procedures and identify all approved reasonable accommodation reimbursement costs using the Emergency Special Program Code “7F” need to do it.
The provision of reasonable accommodation is a legal requirement under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. DAF is developing a reasonable accommodation portal for people with disabilities to centralize and streamline reasonable accommodation requests. The purpose of the portal is to facilitate and simplify the reasonable accommodation application process, enable application tracking, and streamline the reimbursement process. The service plans to roll out the portal in early 2023.
Jones also directed the reassignment of the Disability Program Manager position to the Diversity and Inclusion Office, coordinated administrative duties, and ensured that accessibility would support diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across DAF. built in. Program managers help develop policies, strategies, and goals to support people with disabilities.
A reasonable accommodation is a change or adjustment to a job or work environment that enables an eligible applicant or employee with a disability to perform essential duties.
A list of disability program managers for each facility is displayed. hereQuestions regarding reasonable accommodation funding should be directed to the DPM of these facilities.