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Physical Accessibility for Disabled Persons

Projects and initiatives which improved physical accessibility for disabled persons were:

• Cooper-Hewitt -- Adjacent parking lot repaved; improved walkway to back door constructed.

• National Air and Space Museum - New fully accessible restaurant opened; safety railings added around the supporting trusses on north side of museum; new ramp constructed leading to the east plaza from Independence Avenue.

Women's Program

Activities and initiatives included:

• sponsoring exhibits at two women's conferences;

• providing career counseling and career development information to applicants for employment and to employees, predominantly women;

• providing information and technical assistance regarding sexual harassment to employees, supervisors and managers.

Smithsonian Institution Women's Council

Among the notable accomplishments were:

• sponsorship of a seminar and workshop on dealing with sexual harassment;

• Continued work towards the opening of the child care center at the National Museum of American History for Smithsonian employees;

• Cooperation with the Child Care Advisory Board on which two SIWC members serve.

Upward Mobility Program

At the end of fiscal year 1988, four employees were participating in the program:

• One minority woman was receiving training as a Computer Specialist.

• One minority man was receiving training as an Automotive Helper.

• Two minority women were receiving accounting technician and clerical training through continuing education.

In addition, an extended Upward Mobility Program was developed to provide professional development opportunities for junior Smithsonian staff. Bureaus and offices will identify staffing needs at Research/Curatorial (Professional) levels in areas underrepresented by women and minorities. The Institution will select and advertise ten positions as competitive Upward Mobility opportunities for Smithsonian staff. Successful candidates will enter a career track position at a lower grade than the targeted senior professional level.

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