Improvements to EEOC Reasonable Accommodations Policy Guidance Needed
Whereas, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been the lead agency that is charged with providing guidance and subsequent approval of all federal compliance with Executive Order 13164 that requires each agency to have its own EEOC approved written procedure for individuals with disabilities to request reasonable accommodations; and
Whereas, a review of EEOC’s internal document entitled, “Procedures for Providing Reasonable Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities,” omits any mention of assistive technology accommodations including but not limited to screen reader and magnification software; and
Whereas, the EEOC’s failure to provide guidance to federal agencies on assistive technology accommodations has ultimately resulted in federal employees who are blind or have low vision being unable to perform their job duties; and
Whereas, the absence of reasonable accommodations brought about by this failure results in denial of jobs, including promotional opportunities, and even the firing of employees with visual impairments;
Now, therefore, be it resolved by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 8th day of July, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Minneapolis, Minnesota, that this organization contact each of the commissioners and the principal staff of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and demand that the Commission include, within the aforementioned document, complete and appropriate guidance on assistive technology accommodations for federal employees who are blind or who have low vision.
Ray Campbell, Secretary