Employment Initiatives for People with Disabilities

 

 

Providing Departmental policy, guidance and training on disability issues, i.e., addressing legal and other requirements for reasonable accommodation, program and facility accessibility and matters of disability awareness and sensitivity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


News

 

 

  • Victory for Student Athletes With Disabilities!

    The Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights issued a Dear Colleague letter clarifying schools' obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to provide extracurricular athletics opportunities for students with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

  • JAN Announces a New Series of Just-In-Time Training Modules

    - The first just-in-time module features "JAN's Interactive Process." With the passage of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, employers have moved past the definition of disability and on to providing accommodations. The key to successful accommodations is having an effective interactive accommodation process. This 23 minute training module and accompanying transcript and handout provides a sample step-by-step process that employers can use in their own workplaces to help them successfully accommodate applicants or employees. This module can be used to train new accommodation specialists, disability managers, and others responsible for initiating and maneuvering through the accommodation landscape. Trainees can view the module at their computer or use the module as part of a larger training.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Laws, Regulations and Policies


Laws

 

  • Text of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Sections 501 and 505 (link to EEOC web site) - the text of Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L. 93-112) (Rehab. Act), as amended, as these sections appear in volume 29 of the United States Code, beginning at section 791. Section 501 prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the federal sector. Section 505 contains provisions governing remedies and attorney's fees under Section 501. Relevant definitions that apply to sections 501 and 505 precede these sections.
  • Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 - Section 508 requires that Federal agencies must ensure comparable accessibility to persons with disabilities whenever that agency uses electronic or information technology, unless such access would impose an undue burden. This web site contains the text of Section 508, as amended, as well as other materials.

 

  • The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) - Effective November 21, 2009 This law makes it illegal to discriminate againt employees or applicants because of genetic information. genetic information includes information about an individual's genetic tests and the genetic tests of an individual's family members, as well as information about any disease, disorder or condition of an individual's family members (i.e. an indiviual's family medical history). The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. [http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statuses/gina.cfm]
  • Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) This law makes it illegal to discriminate against a quealified person with a disability in the private sector and in state and local governments. The law also makes it illegal to retaliate against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of dicrimination, or participated in an employment descrimination investigation or lawsuit. The law also requires that employers reasonably accomodate the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, unless doing so would impose an undue hardship on the operation of the employer's business. [http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/statuses/ada.cfm]

 


 

Executive Orders

 

 

Executive orders are official documents, numbered consecutively, through which the President of the United States manages the operations of the federal government.

 

 

  • Executive Order 13124 - Amending the Civil Service Rules Relating To Federal Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities, June 4, 1999.

 

  • Executive Order 13164 - Requiring Federal Agencies to Establish Procedures to Facilitate the Provision of Reasonable Accommodation, October 20, 2000

 


 

Department of Commerce Administrative Orders

 

 


 

Guidance and Regulations

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Commerce

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