State as a Model Employer (SAME) Strategies
Learn about strategies to help state governments become model employers of people with disabilities.
Diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) are vital facets of building a strong and effective workforce. When state governments demonstrate a commitment to recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing disabled people, they lead by example and become model public-sector employers.
The 5 Core SAME Strategies
- Formal Mechanisms and Infrastructure
- Legislation, executive orders, cabinet positions, task forces, working groups, advisory committees
- Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Efforts
- Strategic plans, affirmative action
- Best, Promising, and Emerging Practices for Recruitment, Hiring, Retention, and Advancement
- Fast-track hiring system, centralized accommodation programs, telework, stay at work and return to work initiatives, personal assistance services (PAS)
- Accessible Technology
- Websites, online systems, mobile apps, and other forms of information and communication technology (ICT)
- Disability Awareness Training for State Personnel
All five core strategies can support state government to enhance its role as a model employer of people with disabilities.