Oakley City Manager Joshua McMurray, Oakley Administrative Services Department Director Jeri Tejeda, and the law firm of Libert Cassidy Whitmore of San Francisco deserve recognition for innovative, inclusive dedication to the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Recently, Oakley (CA) advertised hiring several people for open positions. The City affirmed its commitment to diversity and inclusion in its workforce by posting the below phase.

            The City will engage in a timely, good faith interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations to enable qualified individuals to perform the essential job functions.

            The phase replaced the words:

            Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions.

            Those of us in the disabled community are encouraged by the change in the rhetoric when discussing workplace accommodations for disabled employees. The discourse is welcoming, friendly, encouraging, and accepting of disabled people in the workforce.

All three of the persons and entities listed above were involved in the change.

George Fuller, Ed.D.
     City Councilmember, City of Oakley, CA 

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