Doctors Need Not Approve

Persons with intellectual disabilities who applied for a job with the federal government through Schedule A — a hiring authority allowing agencies to appoint a qualified, applicant with developmental disabilities to a position without competing with the general public—used to be required to supply a “certification of job readiness” from a medical professional or rehabilitation specialist stating they could perform the job. In 2013, under revised policies, the requirement was dropped, and agencies could hire after determining that the person is “likely to succeed” in performing the duties of the position, a decision that can be based on any relevant work, educational, or other experience. The new rules also dropped the term “mental retardation” and replaced it with “intellectual disability.”