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Resources Developed by Disability Rights NC

Working with Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) explains how to request VR goods and services and how to make sure you get what you need from VR.

Standing Up for Your Rights At Work is a self-advocacy packet that contains information about your employment rights as a person with a disability, guidelines about how to request a reasonable accommodation at work and a sample letter for putting the request in writing, information about making a discrimination complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and resources to help you find and maintain employment.

Employment Rights provides general information about the rights of employees and employers as well as information on reasonable accommodations.

Other Resources

N.C. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services provides counseling, training, education, transportation, job placement, assistive technology and other support services to people with disabilities.

If you have complaints about VR services, the Client Assistance Program  is a federally funded program that serves anyone seeking information, applying for services or receiving services from agencies receiving federal funds under the Rehabilitation Act.  These include VR, Division of Services for the Blind, and the independent living rehabilitation programs within those divisions.  This also includes the state centers for independent living.  The CAP services include assistance with understanding and obtaining these services, using the appeals process, and information and referral.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) (1-800-669-4000) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person's race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information. The EEOC has the authority to investigate charges of discrimination against employers who are covered by the law.

EEOC’s Final Regulations Implementing the ADAAA explains the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, which became effective January 1, 2009. This publication includes amendments to the EEOC regulations based on the amendments to the ADA.

Questions and Answers on the Final Rule Implementing the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 was published by the EEOC to explain the changes to the ADA, application of the amendments, and affects of the changes.

The U.S. Department of Labor has information about disability-related laws and regulations. The DOL also has information about the Family Medical Leave Act, including a 20-page guide for employees.

The Social Security Administration has information and resources regarding work incentives for people receiving benefits.  One resource is The Red Book, which is the general reference about employment-related provisions of the SSDI and SSI programs.  
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) (800-526-7234) is a leading source of free, expert, and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.

Dos and Don’ts of Disclosure describes when a person should disclose his or her disability and when a person should be cautious of disclosing.

Employees Practical Guide to Requesting and Negotiating Reasonable Accommodations is a document developed to explain to employees the basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act, how to go about requesting an accommodation, and the basics of negotiating accommodations.

Employees Who Are Aging describes how the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to those employees who are aging. This document highlights ideas for accommodations and possible situations and solutions that may arise.

Employees with Mental Health Impairments provides employers with general information on mental impairments, how the American with Disabilities Act applies to those with mental impairments, ideas for accommodations, and possible situations and solutions.

Employer’s Practical Guide to Reasonable Accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act provides information on the basics of the ADA, possible reasonable accommodations for applicants and job interviews, possible reasonable accommodations for employees, and possible reasonable accommodations fro employers on leave and former employees.

Ideas for Writing an Accommodation Request Letter includes a sample accommodation request letter.

Medical Inquiry in Response to an Accommodation Request provides information regarding the limitations on medical inquiries and examinations during employment, specifically when an employee requests a reasonable accommodation.

Personal Assistance Services (WPAS) in the Workplace discusses personal assistance services (WPAS) in the workplace. It provides frequently asked questions regarding WPAS including its use as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); examples of WPAS to accommodate job applicants and current employees with limitations due to sensory, cognitive, physical or mental health impairments; a list of WPAS resources; and a glossary of WPAS-related terminology.

Pre-Offer, Disability-Related Questions: Dos and Don’ts provides information regarding the limitations on disability-related questions at the pre-offer stage. This stage includes job applications and job interviews.

Service Animals in the Workplace discusses the benefits of a service animal, frequently asked questions about service animals under the ADA, and some possible situations and solutions involving service animals in the workplace.

U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) (202-514-2000) is the executive federal department responsible for enforcement of the laws of justice.

A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment is a brochure with general explanations of a person’s rights under the ADA, requesting and understanding reasonable accommodations, and when to file a charge with the EEOC.

NC Bar Association (800-662-7407) is a voluntary organization of lawyers, paralegals and law students dedicated to serving the public and the legal profession.

North Carolina Directory of Employee & Employer Assistance Agencies lists and provides contact information on the state and federal agencies that provide employer and employer assistance.

The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) is a national civil rights organization of, by and for deaf and hard of hearing individuals in the United States of America.

Reasonable Accommodations for Deaf Employees Under the Americans with Disabilities Act includes an explanation of the ADA’s application to individuals who are deaf and examples of reasonable accommodations that may be requested in the workplace.

Often, disability or diagnosis-specific organizations will have resources regarding job accommodations on their websites.  For example, the National Center for Learning Disabilities, National Epilepsy Foundation, American Diabetes Association, and others have suggestions on accommodations, tips on common workplace problems, and self-advocacy resources on everything from the interview to protecting against disciplinary action/termination.

JobAccess.org or AbilityJobs.com are employment websites for job seekers with disabilities.

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