The Postal Service has introduced an online version of PS Form 2489, Self-Identification of a Physical or Mental Disability, and is encouraging all employees with disabilities to complete it.
The form allows employees to self-identify as an individual with a disability or to update a disability status already on file.
For example, an employee may now have a disability that they didn’t have when they were hired. Disability includes many kinds of mental and physical conditions; the form goes into detail on them.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission requires the Postal Service to make sure employees have a way to self-identify their disability status — and the new online version of the form makes that even easier.
Data collection is confidential and follows commission guidelines.
Employees can submit a form electronically through LiteBlue by selecting the “Disability Self-ID” link.
To access the form on Blue, click “Log On” in the upper right corner and enter your ACE ID and password. Then select the “My Life” tab at the top of the page followed by “HR Employee Self Service” (under the “My Profile” heading) and “Disability Self-ID.”
Employees can also request a paper copy of the form from their supervisor. Instructions on where to mail the completed paper copy are included on the form.
Completion of PS Form 2489 is not a request for reasonable accommodation.
A request for reasonable accommodation can be made to your supervisor or manager or any Postal Service supervisor or manager; your district human resources manager; or the Reasonable Accommodation Committee chairperson.
Employees who are deaf or hard of hearing can also make a request for accommodation to their district disability coordinator.
The decision to fill out the form is voluntary. Employees who do so help the Postal Service ensure that everyone has equal opportunity in the workplace.