PCB Resolution 2014-01 regarding PA Civil Service testing

At the PCB 2014 state convention and conference, the below resolution was passed by the convention assembled. The resolution addresses our organization’s concerns as to the accessibility of the Pennsylvania Civil Service testing environment. The resolution also addresses the issue of additional requirements imposed by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission for individuals with disabilities who make application for testing.

Pennsylvania Council of the Blind Resolution 2014-01:
Regarding Accessibility of Testing by the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission

Whereas one of the greatest difficulties faced by blind and visually impaired persons is securing employment;

And whereas the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission, (the Commission) should accommodate the needs of individuals who are visually impaired by assisting these individuals to find employment with government agencies;

And whereas current practices and recent developments have clearly demonstrated that the Commission has adopted policies and procedures which prevent individuals who are visually impaired from being able to schedule civil service tests promptly;

And whereas the commission has enforced policies which, for example, require job applicants who are disabled to submit to a pretest eligibility determination, and deny applicants who are blind or visually impaired the opportunity to use appropriate assistive technologies during portions of the examination;

Now, therefore, be it resolved by the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind in convention assembled at the Holiday Inn in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on the eighteenth day of October 2014 that the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind investigate all aspects of the Commission’s practices related to specialized testing procedures;

Be it further resolved that the leadership of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind shall request the Commission to provide our organization with all policies being used by the Commission concerning specialized testing procedures applicable to job applicants who are blind or visually impaired;

Be it further resolved that the leadership of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind shall seek a meeting with the Commission to discuss these concerns, as well as actions the Commission might take to increase the employment opportunities for applicants who are blind or visually impaired;

Be it further resolved that the leadership of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind shall be instructed to send a copy of this resolution to the Pennsylvania Civil Service Commission and to the Governor of Pennsylvania.

And be it further resolved that the Chair of the Education and Employment Committee of the Pennsylvania Council of the Blind shall, on a periodic basis, provide a status report regarding communications with the Commission and any progress towards appropriate accessible testing policies and procedures.

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