Laws and Regulations
Title I of the ADA requires employers with 15 or more employees to provide qualified individuals with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from the full range of employment-related opportunities available to others. For example, it prohibits discrimination in recruitment, hiring, promotions, training, pay, social activities, and other privileges of employment. It restricts questions that can be asked about an applicant’s disability before a job offer is made, and it requires that employers make reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities, unless it results in undue hardship. Learn more about the ADA and Employment.
Know Your Rights
An overview of protections in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment guaranteed to workers with disabilities under the ADA.
An overview for employers about the rights of employees with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment.
An overview of Disability discrimination in the workplace
There are many resources to help people with disabilities gain and maintain employment. Whether it is finding the right job training program or employment supports, the following resources can help with your job search.
GettingHired is a recruitment solution dedicated to helping inclusion employees search for and hire professional individuals with disabilities and veterans.
Abilityjobs is the largest US Job On-line Job Bank for people with disabilities
JobTIPS is a student online program offering real world examples and assistance to teens and adults transitioning to the workplace.
An online job board that allows individuals to connect with future employers by posting resumes and finding detailed information about potential jobs. Free to job seekers.
The Ticket to Work Program (TICKET) is a free and voluntary program that can help Social Security beneficiaries go to work, get a decent job that may lead to a career, and become financially independent, all while they keep their Medicare or Medicaid. Individuals who receive Social Security benefits because of a disability and are age 18 to 64, are probably already qualified for the TICKET Program.
Start Your Own Business
Small business ownership and other self-employment options are viable employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Learn more about entrepreneurship from these resources below:
Fact sheet on entrepreneurship from the Office of Disability Employment Policy.
Information on self-employment and small business development regarding business planning, financing strategies, marketing research, disability-specific programs, income supports and benefits planning, e-commerce, independent contracting, home-based business options, and small business initiatives.
START-UP / USA provides technical assistance and disseminates resources nationally to individuals interested in pursuing self-employment. This includes online courses and live web cast series with successful entrepreneurs who share their secrets for success.
Other Helpful Resources
Directory of vocational rehabilitation (VR) offices by State. VR programs provide a wide range of services designed to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and engage in gainful employment consistent with their strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests, and informed choice.
Employers, human resource professionals and business managers can help make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities by giving them access and opportunities for employment. Learn about disability employment policy, best practices, workplace accommodations, performance standards and more through the following resources.
Guides to provide information about ways to find qualified workers with disabilities, ways to put disability and employment research into practice and ways to model what other businesses have done to successfully integrate individuals with disabilities into the workforce.
Technical Assistance for Business and Employers
The Employer Assistance and Resource Network on Disability Inclusion (EARN) helps employers recruit, hire, retain and advance people with disabilities. In addition to hosting webinars and other events, EARN also maintains a website, AskEARN.org, which provides information on: recruiting and hiring; retention and advancement; laws and regulations; creating an accessible and welcoming workplace; and federal contractor requirements. The website also offers a variety of resources to assist state and federal government agencies in making their workforces more inclusive and reflective of the citizens they serve.
The National Network provides information, guidance and training on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), tailored to meet the needs of business, government and individuals at local, regional and national levels.
Other Helpful Resources
A four-step reference guide to recruiting, hiring, & retaining employees with disabilities.
The Council assists corporations with issues relating to the employment of people with disabilities in the areas of ADA compliance, building and product accessibility, reasonable accommodation, job analysis, recruitment, specialized equipment, career development and much more.
The Federal definition of assistive technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.
Technology can be a substitute such as an alternative augmentative communication device that provides vocal output for a child who cannot communicate with her voice. This means that a child who cannot speak can push a button and ask her mom for an apple. Or tell her sister her new dress is pretty. It means a child in school can ask questions of his teacher or talk with her friends. It means a worker can converse with others in his office.
UCP is pleased to offer the UCP Elsie S. Bellows fund, which helps provide AT equipment to individuals with disabilities. This program is available only through UCP affiliates. Contact your UCP Local Affiliate for information on how to apply.
Each state has a federally-mandated AT program. These programs were set up to provide technology related assistance to people with disabilities. They will have information about low cost computers, loan programs, AT evaluations and more.
Each state has a federally-mandated Assistive Technology program. The program provides technology related assistance to people with disabilities including information about low cost computers, loan programs, AT evaluations and more. Find more information about AT programs in your state through the Association of Assistive Technology.
Other Helpful Resources
The mission of the ATA is to increase the use of technology by children and adults with disabilities and functional limitations.
The Assistive Technology Industry Association (“ATIA”) is a not-for-profit membership organization of manufacturers, sellers and providers of technology-based assistive devices and/or services. Its mission is to serve as the collective voice of the Assistive Technology industry so that the best products and services are delivered to people with disabilities.
The Pass It on Center fosters the appropriate reuse of AT so that people with disabilities can get the affordable AT they need to live, learn, work and play more independently.
Able Data provides objective information about assistive technology products and rehabilitative equipment.
AssistiveTech.net provides information on AT devices and services as well as other community resources for people with disabilities and the public.