The LightHouse received an email from Ollie Cantos, member of the Attorney General’s Committee on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities. He was writing to remind us that the United States Department of Justice is seeking to hire many persons with disabilities as soon as possible.
In his email, he writes:
“On July 26, 2010, at a White House event that celebrated the 20th anniversary of the signing of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act into law, President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order, renewing the commitment originally made by President Bill Clinton to hire an additional 100,000 persons with disabilities into federal government ranks (see http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/executive-order-increasing-federal-employment-individuals-with-disabilities).”
“Today, we renew the call for all students and job-seekers with disabilities to consider our Department as their preferred place of work. We need attorneys and non-attorneys to apply for positions for which they are qualified and in which they are interested. We also ask that such individuals who choose to self-identify disability on a voluntary basis contact the Attorney General’s Committee by calling (202) 616-3030 (voice/relay/VRS) in order to receive supplementary instructions on how to ensure that their applications be given additional consideration. The Committee will work individually with applicants with self-identified disabilities. Those wishing to reach the Committee by email should send inquiries to me at Ollie.Cantos@usdoj.gov with the subject line ‘Interest in Working at DOJ.’”
All visually impaired job-seekers who are interested in working with the DOJ should definitely follow up by phone or email soon. Not only is working for the federal government a solid career path, but it is an important choice for someone concerned about rights and equitable opportunities for the blind and visually impaired community. More change can come about when more blind or low vision persons hold influential positions within the U.S. government. The LightHouse wishes you luck in your job search!