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Kendra M. Duckworth

Kendra M. Duckworth

U.S. Department of the Air Force
Disability Program Manager
Jb Andrews Afb, MD, USA

Kendra Duckworth assumed her position as the Disability Program Manager with the Equal Opportunity Policy Office, Department of the Air Force, in July 2012 and was named Deputy Director in January of 2014.  She comes to the Air Force from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) where she served as the Disability Program Manager since 2009.  While at the EEOC, Ms. Duckworth developed and implemented the EEOC Disability Program, including new reasonable accommodation procedures and a standard operating procedure for hiring employees with disabilities using the Schedule A hiring authority.  Ms. Duckworth oversaw the procurement of assistive technology and was directly responsible for increasing the number of employees hired using Schedule A. 

Since becoming the Disability Program Manager, the Department of the Air Force has been awarded The Secretary of Defense's Award for Achievement in Employment of Individuals with Disabilities for FY2012 and FY2013.  The award honors Department of Defense Components for outstanding achievement in the hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities.  The award is presented based on Component performance across eight statistical criteria related to the hiring, retention, and advancement of individuals with disabilities.

Prior to coming to Washington D.C., Kendra was a Lead Consultant for the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy Job Accommodation Network.

She brings to the Department of the Air Force over 20 years of experience providing accommodation guidance to employers and individuals with disabilities and a specialization in accommodation solutions for workers with hidden disabilities, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries.

Ms. Duckworth is an experienced national speaker who specializes in:  the American with Disabilities Act, Title I and Rehabilitation Act compliance; the interactive accommodation process; and using assistive technology as a job accommodation.  Kendra is credited with a number of nationally cited technical assistance documents related to her field of expertise.


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