Rehabilitation Act -- Ten Protective Steps for Federal Government Employers

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1

Recruiting

Learn where to find and recruit people with disabilities

2

Communicating

Learn how to communicate with people who have disabilities.

3

Application Forms

Ensure that your applications and other company forms do not ask disability-related questions and that they are in formats that are accessible to all persons with disabilities.

4

Job Descriptions

Consider having written job descriptions that identify the essential functions of the job.

5

Medical Examinations

Ensure that requirements for medical examinations comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

6

Demeanor

Relax and make the applicant feel comfortable.

7

Accommodations

Provide reasonable accommodations that the qualified applicant will need to compete for the job.

8

Equal Treatment

Treat an individual with a disability the same way you would treat any applicant or employee with dignity and respect.

9

Scope of the Law

Know that among those protected by the law are qualified individuals who have AIDS, cancer, who are mentally retarded, traumatically brain injured, deaf, blind, and learning disabled.

10

Understanding Access

Understand that access includes not only environmental access, but also making forms accessible to people with visual or cognitive disabilities and making alarms/signals accessible to people with hearing disabilities.

11

Medical Privacy

Develop procedures for maintaining and protecting confidential medical records. Do train supervisors on making reasonable accommodations

Additional Resources

Complaints about violations of the Rehabilitation Act can be filed with the following agency: U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Disability Rights Section - NYAV Washington, D.C. 20530

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