On May 5, 2020 the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved use of a revised disability self-identification form to use when soliciting disability status from applicants and employees. The revised disability self-identification form includes new language regarding the goal of having individuals with disabilities comprise seven percent (7%) of the workforce, as well as the request for employees to update their information at least every five years. The form does not contain the reasonable accommodation language that was included in the previous version of the form.
The approved updated disability self-identification form alphabetizes, updates, and expands the list of disabilities. Some of the noteworthy additions and refinements include:
- “Autoimmune disorder, for example, lupus, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or HIV/AIDS
- Blind or low vision
- Cardiovascular or heart disease
- Deaf or hard of hearing
- Gastrointestinal disorders, for example, Crohn’s disease, or irritable bowel syndrome
- Nervous system condition for example, migraine headaches, Parkinson’s disease, or Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Psychiatric condition, for example, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, PTSD, or major depression”
Federal contractors and subcontractors have until August 4, 2020 to implement the new disability self-identification form into their applicant and employee processes. The revised form is now available on C2 Connection and available for all new hires and existing employees to complete.