What types of employment resources are available for people with disabilities?

As we transition to our new site, you can continue to visit the old EARN site. Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a law that prohibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating against people with disabilities in employment and requires employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these individuals. If you have questions about specific accommodation requests, the local office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is an excellent resource for preventing discrimination against employees with disabilities. If it doesn't seem comfortable for you to tell an employer, do some research on the employer to determine how it has handled accommodation requests in the past.

With respect to employment on a college campus, the university, as an employer funded by the federal government, must provide reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Let's discuss employment among Americans with disabilities and what you can do to find an employer that fits your needs. Title I requires employers to provide equal employment opportunities and reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. As you have seen in some of the previous resources, the government offers many resources to help people with disabilities find work, thanks to the efforts of advocates and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Tulkin spoke to BestColleges about employee disability discrimination, employment resources for people with disabilities, and the steps college students can take to get accommodations and learn about their legal rights.

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