Office of Diversity, Equity, and AccessUniversity of Illinois
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Self-Identify as a person with a disability

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against individuals with disabilities, and requires employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals.  The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently amended its regulations to improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The new rule strengthens the affirmative action provisions of the regulations to increase the opportunities to recruit and hire individuals with disabilities, and improve job opportunities for individuals with disabilities. The new regulations require that contractors invite applicants to self-identify as IWDs at both the pre-offer and post-offer phases of the application process.

The new regulations have further established a 7% goal for qualified individuals with disabilities. Thus, we seek to make sure that individuals with disabilities comprise at least 7% of the campus’ employee population. To help us gauge what percentage of our employee community identifies as a person with a disability (past or current), we ask that you update your personal information in Nessie to reflect this status. Supplying this information is voluntary, but we hope that you will complete it. This information will be kept private and will not impact your application if you are applying for a position or your job status if you are currently employed by the University.

Because a person may become disabled at any time, we are required to ask all employees to update their information at least every five years. However, you may self-identify as having a disability at any time.

You can access the Personal Information page of NESSIE by clicking here, then:

  1. Click on the Employee Information Form link
  2. Enter your NetID, Active Directory password, and PIN
  3. Click the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability link