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Governor Northam Issues Executive Orders to Expand Access for Disabled Virginians

Virginia State Capitol Building
Virginia State Capitol (Crixell Matthews / VPM)

Governor Ralph Northam issued Executive Order Forty-Seven and Executive Directive Six today, to ensure inclusion and opportunity for Virginians with disabilities.

These executive orders continue the equal employment initiatives outlined by former Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2015, while dramatically expanding the scope of support for Virginians with disabilities to increase opportunity in higher education and improve the accessibility of state services.

Executive Order Forty-Seven ensures employment equity for Virginians with disabilities by prioritizing hiring and workforce diversity in state government and directs the Secretary of Education to explore ways to increase active participation in advanced training and higher education programs. It also directs the Virginia Information Technologies Agency to review state websites and technology services, to increase accessibility and ensure all Virginians can benefit from the state services and support they need.



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