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Equal Employment Program protects each of us from discrimination in employment, promotion, training and other personnel actions regardless of race, color, religion, gender including sexual harassment, national origin, age, mental and/or physical disability, or reprisal (for participating in protected EEO activity).

Who is covered?

EEO is for EVERYONE (not solely for protected groups); it’s the LAW!

If you are New York National Guard technician or military personnel, applicant for technician or military employment, and feel you are being discriminated against, please contact the State Equal Employment Manager (SEEM) office for assistance.

Special Observance

National Disability Employment Awareness Month

"My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."

(1 - 31 October 2015)

Held each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a national campaign that raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. The theme for 2015 is "My Disability is One Part of Who I Am."

“Link Between Bi-polar Disorder and Creativity/Artistic Ability?

In her book Touched with Fire John’s Hopkins Clinical Psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison (1996) argues that there is a link between manic periods in individuals and extreme levels of creativity and energy.  She cites a number of classic literary figures as probably being Bi-polar.  For example poets like Lord Byron, novelists like Ernest Hemingway and musical composers like Rachmaninoff or Tchaikovsky.


Famous People with Disabilities:

General George S. Patton – Dyslexia

General Patton the famous general who led the Third Army in the Allied invasion of Europe during World War II suffered from Dyslexia. He did not learn to read until the age of eleven. Through his struggle learning to read he was able to develop a photographic memory and the ability to memorize and recite long passages of text.

Daryl Hannah – Autism

Daryl Hannah the famous Hollywood actress who has appeared in popular movies like Splash, Blade Runner and Kill Bill Vol. 1 announced in 2013 to the Daily Mail that she was diagnosed with Autism as a child and has struggled with it her entire life. She states that she does not do promotional or talk show interviews and would try to hide her Autism from movie producers.

Kim Peek – Mega Savant /FG Syndrome

Kim Peek was the basis for Dustin Hoffman’s character in Rain Man. For most of his life he was thought to suffer from some form of Autism but in 2008 it became known he had FG Syndrome a genetic disorder. "FG" represents the surname initials of the first family diagnosed with the disorder. Kim Peek was able to read two books at once, one with each eye and had excellent analytical and memory abilities. If you told him your birth date he was able to tell you the day of the week you were born as well as the front page news from many major newspapers on that date. At one point he managed the payroll of 160 people in a few hours without a calculator. When he was replaced it required a computer and 2 accountants to complete the task.

John Nash – Schizophrenia

John Nash was a Mathematician who worked at Princeton and MIT. He won the Nobel Prize for Economics in 1994. The Hollywood movie A Beautiful Mind was based on his life and struggle with Schizophrenia, he was played by Russell Crowe. As noted in the movie he was able to consciously disregard delusions caused by his Schizophrenia.

Tim Howard - Tourette’s Syndrome / Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Tim Howard was the goalie for the American soccer team during the 2014 World Cup rising to national attention due to his extraordinary performance having 15 saves in a game vs. Belgium setting a new World Cup Record. He has been diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome and OCD since middle school. He believes that the enhanced perception and ability to hyper focus he has due to these disorders has been integral to his success.

Stephen FryCyclothymia

Stephen Fry is a British Actor best known in America for movies such as V for Vendetta, The second and third Hobbit films as well as British TV series Blackadder and QI. In 2006 he created an Emmy award winning documentary examining his personal struggles with Cyclothymia a disorder similar to Bi-polar disorder but with less severe mood swings but which tends to last longer (requiring 2 years of active symptoms with no break in symptoms longer than 2 months; while bi-polar disorder only requires 6 months of symptoms).

Kurt CobainBi-polar Disorder / Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Substance Addiction

Kurt Cobain was the lead singer and co-founder of the Grunge band Nirvana bringing the Alternative rock movement to the forefront in the early 1990’s; tragically he committed suicide in 1994. His cousin a youth suicide prevention nurse claims that he was diagnosed with ADD as a child and Bi-polar Disorder as an adult. Cobain also was addicted to Heroin.

Winston ChurchillDepression

Winston Churchill was the prime minister of the United Kingdom during the majority of World War II. He was known to suffer from depression which he would refer to as his “Black Dog”. Some attribute his depression for his realistic assessment of Adolf Hitler and Germany’s plan’s during the war and the futility of conciliation. He shifted the British war strategy from appeasement to active resistance. If not for this shift World War II could have turned out very differently. Churchill’s “Black Dog” has inspired a picture book which has received praise concerning it’s demystification of depression.

Samuel L. JacksonSpeech Impediment (Stuttering)

Hollywood superstar Samuel L. Jackson who has appeared in such films as Pulp Fiction, The Star Wars prequels and playing Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been a stutterer for most of his life. He attributes his attempts to cope with stuttering with helping him learn to act. He also noted that he use of a specific expletive as a method to stop himself from stuttering.


Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential

-Winston Churchill







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