Schedule A is a hiring authority that agencies may use to hire qualified individuals with disabilities into positions non-competitively without going through the often lengthy traditional hiring process. To be eligible for appointment via Schedule A, you must be able to provide supporting documentation upon request by the agency considering you for employment (typically referred to as a “Schedule A Letter”). The documentation must indicate that you have an intellectual disability, a severe physical disability, or a psychiatric disability.
Consider whether you are likely to qualify for Schedule A.
Agencies are encouraged to view Schedule A eligibility in a way that includes a broad range of disabilities.
If you meet any one of these criteria, you may be eligible to use Schedule A:
Did you register with and/or receive accommodations through the Disabled Student Services office on your college campus?
- Have you received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits?
- Have you been diagnosed with a medical condition that is treated by a mental health professional such as a learning disability, autism, ADHD, anxiety disorder, etc.?
- Were you ever been identified as needing services through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), for example needing a 504 plan or Independent Education Plan (IEP)?
- Have you ever received vocational rehabilitation services?
- Do you fit under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) and/or the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended definition of an individual with a disability?
It is generally recommended that Schedule A letters do not list the specific disabilities one meets requirements for. Dr. Burns honors this and will write a brief letter of support simply stating whether or not you meet criteria for Schedule A. If you are interested in a Schedule A letter, please contact [email protected] or call 916-234-6323.