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Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program


The Office of Personnel Management administers the Persons with Severe Disabilities Employment Program, through which persons with severe disabilities, who are legal residents of Oklahoma, may gain access to state employment.

Tests for all state jobs may be waived for those qualified applicants certified as eligible for this Program through the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. State agencies may hire qualified applicants regardless of whether their names appear on registers maintained by the Office of Personnel Management. Applicants hired through this program are eligible for permanent status in the classified service upon successful completion of a probationary period.

To participate:

  1. Obtain a certification letter from the Department of Rehabilitation Services stating that he or she has a severe disability as defined by state law.
  2. Identify the state jobs for which you wish to apply and for which you qualify.
  3. Submit the original disability certification letter and a completed application for each job family for which you apply to the Applicant Services Division of the Office of Personnel Management. Keep a copy of the certification letter for your records. An Applicant Services Division staff member will review your application(s) to determine that you meet the minimum qualifications and send a letter certifying approved job titles to your mailing address. This letter is valid for six months. If you are still interested in seeking employment after the six months have elapsed, you must submit a written request to the Office of Personnel Management for an updated letter.
  4. Contact the Human Resources department of individual agencies to locate vacancies. You will need to have copies of the Department of Rehabilitation Services disability certification letter and the Office of Personnel Management job certification letter available.


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