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 the Under Secretary

Overview

The Office of the Under Secretary (OUS) serves as the adviser to the Secretary on all matters related to Departmental program plans and budgets. The Office is responsible for developing and managing the Department's program budget, policy, and legislative development and for coordinating policy and long-range planning activities. It also directs analytical studies on the economic, social, and institutional impact on existing and proposed education policies.

The office is located in Federal Office Building 10B in Washington, DC.

OUS Evaluation: Program Accessibility

OUS reports that there are no circumstances in which the participation of a person with disabilities would be restricted or excluded from participating in office programs. Office staff are aware that it may be necessary to modify program policies or practices to enable persons with disabilities to participate in and benefit from office programs.

OUS often participates in meetings with personnel from other Department Offices and from other agencies. In these meetings, organized by OUS, usually OUS knows the people involved and will provide accommodations that it knows are needed or will contact the persons with disabilities to inquire what is needed. Otherwise, in a more formal meeting setting, OUS inquires of the participants whether any special accommodations are needed. It is a standard practice of OUS to obtain interpreters if they are needed. OUS's only experience with requested accommodations for meetings has been for interpreters.

Sign language interpreters are provided at all public meetings and conferences. Additionally, meeting/conference participants are surveyed to determine what other accommodations are necessary. Although OUS reports that it has received no requests for printed material in alternative formats, it is willing to provide such if requested. The Budget Office of OUS has a TTY and has one person who is trained to use it.

Existing Auxiliary Aids and Services

Specific OUS Services

Braille
Available through the Department and through a Principal Office contract.

TTY
Available from within the Principal Office

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:
Computer Diskette
Available from within the Principal Office

Large Print
Available from within the Principal Office

Sign Language Interpreters
Available through the Department and through a Principal Office contract.

Paper and Pen
Available from within the Principal Office

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