Don't assume that persons with disabilities are unemployable
Don't assume that persons with disabilities lack the necessary education and training for employment
Don't assume that persons with disabilities do not want to work
Drugs and Alcohol
Don't assume that alcoholism and drug abuse are not real disabilities, or that recovering drug abusers are not covered by the ADA.
Don't ask if a person has a disability during an employment interview
Don't assume that certain jobs are more suited to persons with disabilities
Risk of Harm
Don't hire a person with a disability if that person is a significant risk of substantial harm to the health or safety of the public and there is no reasonable accommodation to reduce the risk or the harm.
Don't hire a person with a disability who is not qualified to perform the essential functions of the job even with a reasonable accommodation
Don't assume that you have to retain an unqualified employee with a disability.
Additional resources provided by the author
For Disability Rights Information, call
ADA Information Line
(800) 514-0301 (voice)
(800) 514-0383 (TTY)