A r c h i v e d  I n f o r m a t i o n Report on the Section 504 Self-Evaluation - May 1996

Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs

Overview

The Office of Intergovernmental and Interagency Affairs (OIIA) functions as liaison between the Department and its various offices and state and local governments, other Federal agencies, and a wide variety of international, community and public advocacy groups concerning the President's and the Secretary's education agenda. The Office disseminates Department policies and promotes stronger ties between the Department and communities regarding school reform efforts. The Office also provides policy guidance for several interagency and interdepartmental organizations and programs.

Headquarters and regional staff disseminate information to educators and local communities. OIIA is developing the Information Resource Center (IRC) and the 1-800-USALEARN telephone number into a one-stop shopping service for education reform information and publications. OIIA is broadening the circulation of a monthly newsletter that provides information on the latest Goals 2000 and other initiatives.

OIIA is located in Federal Office Building 10B, in Washington, DC. and in the Regional Offices.

OIIA Evaluation: Program Accessibility

There are no circumstances in which the participation of a person with a disability is restricted, excluded or required to participate separately in OIIA programs. Staff are aware that it may be necessary to modify policies or practices to enable persons with disabilities to participate in or to access OIIA programs and materials, but the public is usually notified on a case-by-case basis about accessibility and reasonable accommodations.

Inquiries are made in all announcements for any special needs of persons with disabilities, and modifications are made to meet identified needs.

Sign language interpreters are provided at all conferences and special events. All publications distributed at events are made available in Braille. Special audio equipment is made available upon request. At events, a reserved section is made available in the front for those with special needs. Closed captioning is provided for all Town Meetings. The Information Resource Center uses a TTY (1-800-437-0833 or local 401-1032), and two staff persons have been trained on its use.

Existing Auxiliary Aids and Services

Specific OIIA Services

TTY
Available within the Principal Office

Closed Captioning for Satellite Town Meetings
Available through a Principal Office contract

Braille
Available from the Department

Commonly Available Services

All Principal Offices have available the following auxiliary aids and services: Large Print, Sign Language, Interpreters, Paper and Pen, and the Federal Information Relay System (FIRS). This Principal Office recognized its ability to provide the following:
Sign Language Interpreters
Available from the Department

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