A sudden injury that causes permanent disability may unexpectedly end victims’ careers. If people ever reach a point in recovery where they can reasonably hold a job again, the uncertainty of working with their disability may seem daunting.
Fortunately, the United States has implemented laws to protect disabled persons from discrimination. With the support of law-abiding employers, people may have the chance to get a job regardless of their physical condition.
Americans with Disabilities Act
In July 1990 the Americans with Disabilities Act provided relief, incentive and hope for disabled Americans everywhere. Its purpose is to provide equal opportunity for people with disabilities in regards to transportation, public accommodations, telecommunication and jobs among other things.
To comply with ADA requirements, USA.gov says that employers agree to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled workers. This flexibility applies to hiring procedures, disciplinary measures, promotions and all other personnel matters. Violation of the law can create a hostile work environment and result in serious consequences for non-compliant businesses.
Accommodations and exceptions
There are valuable resources to guide disabled persons through the job application process. Vocational rehabilitation, for example, can provide services including resume building, skills development and job search assistance. Once hired, people can work closely with their employer to assess individual needs and determine reasonable accommodations. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission lists some of these accommodations to include job restructuring, equipment alterations, training modifications and hybrid scheduling among other things.
People receiving social security disability benefits can sometimes extend their eligibility even if they resume working. Their benefits can help cover the costs of workplace modifications and other support resources. However, to verify their eligibility, they should contact the Social Security Administration prior to getting a job, as well as keep them informed throughout the process.