Rehabilitation Act turned 40 and continues to celebrate inclusion at FEMA

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On September 26, American citizens celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which commits the federal government to ending discrimination against persons with disabilities in federal employment and in federally-conducted and federally-assisted programs and activities.

Disaster assistance is one such federally-conducted program and the agency continues to develop programs that address the population of persons with disabilities as members of the Whole Community. FEMA is participating with other DHS components in the DHS Disability Access Working Group to develop best practices for effective communication, program and physical accessibility, and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.

To commemorate the occasion, DHS developed the following products to illustrate the importance of inclusion and equal opportunity for persons with disabilities:

DHS Commemorates the 40th Anniversary of the Rehabilitation Act, Blog by Acting Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Officer Tamara Kessler

DHS Management Directive on Nondiscrimination for Individuals with Disabilities in DHS-Conducted Programs and Activities

Rehabilitation Act 40th Anniversary Video

Guide to Interacting with People Who Have Disabilities

For more information on FEMA’s programs for persons with disabilities, visit FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination and the FEMA Office of Equal Rights, Civil Rights Program

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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