Today marks the 25 anniversary of the day that President George H.W.
Note: Information and services offered by the U.S. government can all be found under one web site, www.disability.gov
Job Accommodation/ Ergonomic Evaluation
Job Accommodation Network (JAN) – This government funded agency helps people and employers learn about what job accommodations could help them, or their employees, do their work better. Job accommodations are any equipment or job-related change that would help a person with a disability or health condition do their work better.
Work At Home/ Telework as a Reasonable Accommodation
Job accommodation funding links
www.disability.gov – Employment – Workplace Accommodations and Support – Reasonable Accommodations – Funding Links
The patient’s employer. Some employers provide ergonomic or other job accommodation services to their employees. These may be provided through an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).
Disability Employment-related Legal Rights
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
– www.eeoc.gov – Discrimination by Type – Disability – Disability Discrimination (español)
– Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability.
– 1-800-669-6820 TTY
National Network of ADA Centers (DBTAC) American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Technical Assistance Program. This government funded program helps people and employers find out if they, or their employees, are eligible for the ADA and whether a job accommodation is likely to be considered reasonable.
U.S. Government Department of Labor ( DOL)
– Disability Resources – Office of Disability Employment
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20210
1-866-4-USA-DOL, TTY: 1-877-889-5627.
Job and Career
One Stop Career Centers – U.S. Gov. Department of Labor Career Resource Centers offer resources to job seekers, and counseling, outreach, education, and training. Site directs job seeker to local resources. Some centers have disability navigators who advise about health/ disability-related employment issues.
Public Vocational Rehabilitation Program. This government funded program provides vocational rehabilitation services. Vocational rehabilitation is services given to persons with a disability or health condition to help the person find or keep a job; examples of traditional services are comprehensive diagnostic evaluation of work potential; guidance and counseling to identify skills, limitations, aptitudes, adjustment problems and appropriate job goals; restorative treatment and equipment such as physical, occupational or speech therapy; skill training or education at schools, colleges, workshops, on-the-job training and supported work programs; vehicle and housing modifications; job placement assistance including resume development, interviewing skills and job applications as well as follow-up. Services are given by Rehabilitation Counselors.
To find your state’s public vocational rehabilitation program:
Voluntary Health Agencies
The Arthritis Foundation
A free brochure with useful information titled, ‘Arthritis in the Workplace,’ can be ordered
from local chapter offices or through the national website. On the website, click on Shop,
then Self-management to find the brochure.
P.O. Box 7669,
Atlanta, GA 30357 -0669
Lupus Foundation of America, Inc.
2000 L Street, N.W., Suite 710
Washington, DC 20036
– www.scleroderma.org (Find your local state chapter)
300 Rosewood Drive,
Danvers, MA 01923
National Multiple Sclerosis Society
This organization has some excellent brochures about employment issues for
persons with multiple sclerosis and much of the information applies to other
chronic illnesses as well. The brochure, ‘The Win-Win Approach to Reasonable
Accommodation: Enhancing Productivity on Your Job’ is especially useful.
Click on multimedia library, then brochures, then employment issues
Support and Information Blogs
Working with Chronic Illness
Invisible Illness Awareness