While preparing for my first set of finals for my MPA degree, I encountered an unexpected opportunity for disability employment. The federal government of the United States of America is attempting to increase their hiring of people with disabilities, even people with severe disabilities, with the creation of the Schedule A.
The Schedule A provides excepted authority, which is used to appoint persons with disabilities to government jobs. If you’re interested in this process, you should take a look at this guide. If you fill out the paperwork and qualify for the program, you can seek a government position without facing the usual competition for the position. You will need to be qualified for the position you apply for, though internships and other training may also be available.
There are reasons to work for government organizations, including stability, benefits, and other perks. However, government is in a state of upheaval, so some of the long-regarded perks of government employment may be vanishing. It’s also important to note that my preparations for my finals also revealed that the federal government, i.e. the sponsor of Schedule A, has been losing more workers than they’ve been hiring in 2013. State and local government agencies are only hiring slowly in most areas, and I do not know if any state or local governments have a similar program.