Passed by the Oklahoma State Legislature, House Bill 1340 became effective July 1, 1987. It gives state agencies the option of waiving entrance examinations and modifying other hiring procedures for legal residents of Oklahoma who are certified as persons with disabilities under the definition established by the Office of Personnel Management. The definition of "a person with a disability" established by the Office of Personnel Management is a person who has a severe physical or mental disability, which seriously limits one or more functional capacities (mobility, communication, self-care, self-direction, work tolerance, or work skills in terms of employability; and who has one or more physical or mental disabilities resulting from amputation, arthritis, blindness, cancer, cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, deafness, heart disease, hemiplegia, hemophilia, respiratory or pulmonary dysfunction, mental retardation, mental illness, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, musculosketal disorders, neurological disorders (including stroke and epilepsy), paraplegia, quadriplegia and other spinal cord conditions, sickle cell anemia, specific learning disability, and end-stage renal disease or another disability or combination of disabilities determined on the basis of an evaluation of rehabilitation potential to cause comparable substantial functional limitation. The responsibility for certification of individuals as qualifying for the Special Optional Hiring Program for People with Disabilities under HB-1340 is the responsibility of Rehabilitation and Visual Services staff.
To apply for employment under this program, an individual must have been certified by a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor or a Visual Services Counselor as being eligible; a counselor must issue a letter of certification that is presented to the Office of Personnel Management. There are 4 more steps to the process, which can be explained by staff at the Office of Personnel Management, or found at their web site http://www.opm.state.ok.us/