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NIH Employees Council on disAbilities

Mission Statement:

The NIH Employees Council on disAbility's (ECA) mission is to function as an independent resource, analyst, facilitator, spokesperson, liaison, and advocate for individuals with disabilities to the Director of NIH through the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management (OEODM), regarding the following concerns:

  1. ensuring an ongoing dialogue between NIH employees with disabilities (See legal definition below) and the NIH Director’s office;
  2. increasing employment, career advancement, and retention of employees with disabilities;
  3. improving the representation of employees with disabilities in the NIH work force;
  4. eliminating the accessibility and communication barriers encountered by NIH employees with disabilities; job applicants with disabilities; patients who have a disability; and visitors with disabilities;
  5. improving the general accessibility of NIH programs, research, outreach, education, and community relationships; and
  6. improving the NIH’s ability to identify areas needing improvement, establish goals/targets and tracking progress toward attaining stated goals.

Do You Know...?

  • Federal law requires all programs and activities at NIH to be fully accessible to every employee.
  • Videos and movies shown at NIH must be open-captioned.
  • All literature and publications must be available in Braille, large-print, and other accessible formats.
  • Employees with documented disabilities that make commuting difficult in bad weather may request permission to stay home during inclement weather. (Uniform Implementation of the Inclement Weather Policy)
  • The status of NIH plans to make all buildings on- and off-campus fully accessible.
  • The current process for requesting reasonable accommodation at NIH.
  • Where to report inaccessible facilities and other problems.

The ECA's Objectives Are:

  • To make recommendations to the NIH Director and other appropriate NIH components concerning improvements needed in NIH's employment policies and programs;
  • To promote the use of reasonable accommodation at NIH and eliminate barriers to the hiring and upward mobility of NIH employees with disabilities;
  • To enhance professional interests and promote career development and advancement of employees with disabilities by facilitating their movement into professional, managerial, and policy making positions;
  • To assist NIH in promoting, establishing, and increasing participation of employees with disabilities in the work force;
  • To facilitate the improvement of the NIH disabilities program so it can eventually become a model for other organizations.
  • To increase compliance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and any subsequent related rules/laws issued by enhancing access to information through electronic communication, distribution of publications, and coordination of initiatives.

Join the ECA and Work to Make NIH Accessible for Everyone.

Top 10 Benefits of Membership in ECA:

  • Membership open to all disabled and non disabled employees
  • Meetings to address most important issues affecting employees, patients, and visitors with disabilities
  • Develop a strong partnership with the NIH community
  • Opportunity for professional development
  • Provides information resources on accessibility and reasonable accommodation services available to employees
  • Enhances career and employment opportunities for people with disabilities
  • Mailing list for future E-mail announcements
  • Offers seminars on pertinent topics and concerns of individuals with disabilities
  • Networking
  • Social activities


Contact Information:


Chairperson: Virginia T. Crocker, NINDS,
Vice Chairperson: Jerry Garmany, CC
Secretary: Teresa Tolliver
Vice-Secretary: John Miers, NIMH

For More Information, Contact:

Virginia Tanner Crocker or Jerry Garmany

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