Employment and Disability
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, 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
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
The JAN is a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by: 1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and 3) educating callers about self-employment options. Learn more about JAN.
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 www.DisabilityInfo.gov.
Patient Advocate Foundation
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. Visit the Patient Advocate Foundation.
The mission of Hire Disability Solutions is to give all that want a chance to succeed, the opportunity to succeed. Hire Disability Solutions was founded in response to the increasing demand for services for individuals with disabilities. Since its inception in 2004, Hire Disability Solutions has established itself as a national leader in protecting and enhancing employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Through its educational campaigns surrounding employment law, education opportunities, and assistive technology, the company facilitates the success of individuals with disabilities and employers alike. Visit hireds.com.
Lupus On the Job
An article from the Spring 2004 issue of Lupus Now magazine about your rights and responsibilities in the workplace. Read the article.