Created in 2003, the Disability Program Office (DPO) works to remove barriers to the employment of people of all abilities. It is important for each of us to remember that although we may not have a disability today, we might acquire one tomorrow. A slip or fall, an automobile accident, or a call from a physician concerning the results of recent medical exams can drastically change our lives forever. With that in mind, we hope that each employee finds comfort in knowing that the Disability Program Office is here to assist.
DPO provides the following services/support to employees at Census.
Provides a neutral/unbiased opinion on disabilities matters to all customers
Plays an integral role in the reasonable accommodation process
Promotes and practices confidentiality of medical information
The reasonable accommodation procedures that Census utilizes, is the DAO 215-10
Reasonable accommodation is a change in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done that would enable an individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities
Summary of Reasonable Accomodation Request Procedures
An applicant, employee or someone acting on either’s behalf (family member, health professional, or other representative) may submit a request for reasonable accommodation. This request must be submitted to a supervisor in the employee’s chain of command or the Disability Program Office.
The request for reasonable accommodation must contain the following information:
Applicant/ Employee Name
Applicant/Employee Phone Number
Name and Telephone of Employee’s Immediate Supervisor
Initial Date of Request (if different from date info submitted in writing - include explanation)
Description of Accommodation(s) Requested by Applicant/Employee
For your convenience you may complete the attached abbreviated version of the CD 575 [172K]. The information may be sent via e-mail to the Disability Program Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical information may be needed to support a request for accommodation. To facilitate the process, the requesting employee may utilize Request for Medical Information [159K]. The information should not be provided to the supervisor.
Supervisors are encouraged to approve reasonable accommodation requests from employees with known or apparent disabilities. Before declining any request, supervisors must notify the Disability Program Office for guidance.
We coordinate sign language interpreting services, Computer Aided Real-Time Translation (CART), and other assistive technologies for interviews, meetings, trainings and a variety of Census sponsored events, whether on-site or off-site, even office holiday parties as well.
Training and Awareness
Develops new, and reviews existing, policies, procedures and guidance to ensure the needs of persons with disabilities – whether Census Bureau employees, customers, etc – are properly addressed
Develops and facilitates training on disability issues
Represents Census as a partner in the Perspectives on Employment of Persons with Disabilities Conference - the largest conference focused on the employment of persons with disabilities in the federal sector
Partnering and Community Involvement
Provides assistance and expertise to Federal Disability Program Managers, Selective Placement Coordinators, HR Specialists and EEO Specialists on Schedule A and disability program management
Participates in activities sponsored by community-based organizations and state / DC vocational rehabilitation offices to demystify the federal hiring process for persons with disabilities