President Obama Issues Executive Order to Increase Federal Employment of Individuals with Disabilities

During a July 26 ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, President Barack Obama gathered with people with disabilities, advocates, lawmakers and federal officials to mark the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. After his remarks, President Obama signed an Executive Order that will establish the Federal Government as a model employer of individuals with disabilities. The order directs several federal agencies to design model recruitment and hiring strategies for agencies seeking to increase their employment of people with disabilities, as well as mandatory training programs for both human resources personnel and hiring managers on the employment of individuals with disabilities.

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