Learn where to find and recruit people with disabilities
Learn how to communicate with people who have disabilities.
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.
Consider having written job descriptions that identify the essential functions of the job.
Ensure that requirements for medical examinations comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Relax and make the applicant feel comfortable.
Provide reasonable accommodations that the qualified applicant will need to compete for the job.
Treat an individual with a disability the same way you would treat any applicant or employee with dignity and respect.
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.
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.
Develop procedures for maintaining and protecting confidential medical records. Do train supervisors on making reasonable accommodations
Additional resources provided by the author
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