Department of Defense Education Activity

Disability Emphasis Program

Disability Program

This program is the principal source of Departmental policy, guidance and training on disability issues, i.e., addressing legal and other requirements for reasonable accommodation, program and facility accessibility and matters of disability awareness and sensitivity.

Laws, Regulations, and Policies


  • Text of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sections 501 and 505 - the text of Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93-112) (Rehab. Act), as amended, as these sections appear in volume 29 of the United States Code, beginning at section 791. Section 501 prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the federal sector. Section 505 contains provisions governing remedies and attorney's fees under Section 501. Relevant definitions that apply to sections 501 and 505 precede these sections.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 - Section 508 requires that Federal agencies must ensure comparable accessibility to persons with disabilities whenever that agency uses electronic or information technology, unless such access would impose an undue burden. This web site contains the text of Section 508, as amended, as well as other materials.

Executive Orders

Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the federal government.

  • Executive Order 13078 - Increasing Employment of Adults with Disabilities, March 13, 1998.
  • Executive Order 13124 - Amending the Civil Service Rules Relating To Federal Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities, June 4, 1999.
  • Executive Order 13164 - Requiring Federal Agencies to Establish Procedures to Facilitate the Provision of Reasonable Accommodation, October 20, 2000
  • Executive Order 13548 - Increasing Federal Employment of Individuals With Disabilities.

Workforce Demographics 

DoDEA monitors workforce demographics for trends and possible barriers across the employment lifecycle.  In FY20, DoDEA’s total workforce representation was 13,817 employees.  Below is a snapshot of DoDEA’s workforce, with a primary focus on employees with disabilities and employees with targeted disabilities. 


Web Resources
  • Our process requires all employees to comply with federal regulations and contact their supervisor for an accommodation, company policy requires documentation and then the Disabilities Program Manager will process the request, often times with the assistance of CAP or JAN.
  • The EEOC fact sheet, Work at Home/Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation is available on the EEOC website.
  • GSA's Assistive Technology (AT) Showcase is now open to federal workers. This showcase displays assistive technology devices and equipment, as well as a variety of ergonomic workplace solutions. The facility is at the General Services Administration, 1800 F Street, NW, Room 1216. For information on walk-in hours or to schedule an appointment, call 202-501-3322. [TTY Users may call via the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
  • Department of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) publishes a variety of fact sheets and other publications on disability issues on its website.
  • OPM's website on Federal Employment of People with Disabilities.
  • Work World - Presidential Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities
  • Department of Justice - Section 508
  • Microsoft Accessibility - includes resources, tutorials and tips for workers, employers, developers and others