Workplace accommodations and applying for disability assistance
1. Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Americans with Disabilities Act gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.
The Act does not guarantee you a job because you have a disability. You must be qualified, and compete and perform like all other employees. Employers are required to make reasonable accommodations to permit persons with disabilities to be employed, but they are not required to give people with disabilities special considerations that they would otherwise not provide to all employees.
Learn more about the ADA:
2. Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by:
- providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions,
- providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and
- educating callers about self-employment options.
This federal government website covers a variety of topics related to employment of people with disabilities: advice for individuals with disabilities seeking work; help for employers looking for hard-working and dedicated employees; information on employment rights, laws and regulations; resources for employment programs and job accommodations for people with disabilities.
Go to disability.gov for more information.
4. Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.