Management Practice: Human Resources

QWE Practice Areas: Provide and improve accommodations and the use of assistive technology to increase employee access to work and productivity (110)

ServiceSource created a Barrier Removal Fund (BRF) to assist individuals with disabilities who receive services. The BRF ensures any obstacles that could prevent individuals from starting or maintaining work are removed, or that any support needed to help an individual advance within a current position is provided. Examples include assisting individuals in obtaining work-related items such as uniforms or safety shoes, filling transportation needs, providing temporary child care, and making payments for employment tests, drug tests or driving records. Requests to the Barrier Removal Funds are made when no public support dollars are available to otherwise assist the individual. The BRF provides a “last chance” option to remove an employment barrier.

Staff members submit the written BRF request form on behalf of individuals with disabilities, based on individual case circumstances. The process is straightforward and merely requires justification of the need for the funding. Funds up to $1,000 are available to any one person annually.

Organization Using this Practice: ServiceSource, Alexandria, VA

Users: All employees with significant disabilities

Resources: Quality Work Environment Workbook

For More Information: Melissa Affrunti, ServiceSource 6295 Edsall Road, Suite 175 Alexandria VA 22312. Phone: (703) 461-6000.