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Accessible Communication for USDA Program Managers and Service Providers

Karen Grewal from the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program and USDA Security communicate using a Face to Face Communicator, which facilitates simultaneous Deaf-to-Hearing communication by means of two display screens and two keyboards.

Karen Grewal from the Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program and USDA Security communicate using a Face to Face Communicator, which facilitates simultaneous Deaf-to-Hearing communication by means of two display screens and two keyboards. 

   
The Office of Operations (OO) TARGET Center Accessible Communications Program, which succeeds the TARGET Center Interpreting Services Program, was established to broaden accessible communication support to all individuals with disabilities. Through a diverse range of impactful services, the Accessible Communications Program will enhance universal access at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) locations nationwide and deliver comprehensive and inclusive communication solutions for USDA program managers and service providers.

The Accessible Communications Program integrates and supports a variety of assistive technology tools, training programs related to accessible communications,and technical assistance to enable USDA staff to effectively engage with both employees and visitors with disabilities. The Program also provides assessments of USDA services to recommend actions that remove communication barriers and ensures that employees and visitors with disabilities have direct access to USDA services nationwide. This initiative will improve employee engagement, enhance program delivery, and support conformance to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act requirements within USDA agencies.

The OO TARGET Center is committed to ensuring that USDA employees with disabilities and USDA service providers do not experience unnecessary barriers by creating effective, accessible communication. I invite you to explore the resources made available through the TARGET Center Accessible Communication Program located in the South Building, Room 1006-S. Please contact D'Ann Clayton, Director of the TARGET Center, at (202) 720-0373 for additional information.