Finding a job if you have a disability
If you have a disability, you'll need to find an employer that provides reasonable accommodation for your disabilities. Some employers are very good at helping employees with disabilities do their jobs. Unfortunately, other employers can be reluctant to do things differently. Things to keep in mind include:
- ADA: You may be protected from job discrimination by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In general, this law applies to workers in companies that have 15 or more employees. Under the ADA, you have a disability if you find it difficult to see, walk, speak, do tasks with your hands, learn, or work.
- Reasonable accommodation: The ADA requires employers to make a reasonable accommodation so workers with disabilities can do their jobs. This might include giving you a parking space next to the building. Or, your employer might make room for your wheelchair, or provide you with special tools so you can do your job.
- Your rights: You have rights to be treated fairly. If you ever think you're being unfairly discriminated against because of your disability, contact the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.