Talent Knows No Limits
group of employees, including one in a wheelchair
"Employers feel that camaraderie and teamwork increase when people with disabilities are included in the workplace. "

Resources for Laws and Regulations

 

The book, Job Search Handbook for People with Disabilities, is a career planning guide full of “how to” steps for career planning, job hunting, interviews, and job success.

The book, Job-Hunting for the So-Called Handicapped or People Who Have Disabilities, is an encouraging and richly practical guide to landing a good job.

The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) provides legal information, guidelines, and technical assistance.

The Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund leads trainings and provides publications on disability rights laws and policies.

Acheiving Equal Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities through Legislation
An education and training guide from the International Labour Organization.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Laws and Regulations

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that people with disabilities have the same access to employment opportunities, and the benefits of employment, as everyone else. You can read the act on this ADA page. It covers Employment, State and Local Government Activities, Public Transportation, Public Accommodations, and Telecommunications Relay Services.

That sounds straightforward, but in the real world there is much uncertainty. Take job interviews for example. Employers worry that they’ll inadvertently say something wrong in an interview, despite good intentions (see Interviewing Tips). Job seekers worry that they’ll be asked an inappropriate question, resulting in the uncomfortable choice of answering an inappropriate question, or risking the loss of their chance at the job by telling the employer that the question isn’t permissible.  

Fortunately, most concerns evaporate with a little education. The needed information is readily available and pretty straightforward, starting with the links on the right side of the page. In situations where discrimination does occur, you’ll be informed about your rights and you’ll be more likely to persist without letting one bad experience lead you to giving up.

Ultimately, the ADA means that job seekers are completely free to apply for any job they feel qualified to perform! That’s a win for the job seeker and a win for the lucky employer who gains access to a phenomenal new employee.

“Disabled folks will tell you…we want to participate as fully and as richly as we can, and we want to contribute no less than anyone else. We want to exercise as many options and choices as we possibly can. You know why? Because we can. We want to laugh often and live our lives out loud. You know why? Because we can. But most of all we want to dream new dreams. And we want to realize as many of our dreams as possible. You know why? Of course you do.”

– Alan Brightman, author, Connections in the Land of Disability.