The Basics

While there is a strong business case for disability inclusion, just as any other diversity dimension, there are laws and regulations in place today to ensure a fair non-discriminatory workplace environment and encourage proactive inclusion.

As a person with a disability, you are covered by particular laws related to employment. Many but not all employers are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its more recent amendments the Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA). All public or private employers with 15 or more employees are covered under the ADA and the ADAAA.

In addition employers who do contract work with the federal government are also covered under Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended. In some states, disability is also a covered class under their State Human or Civil Rights Law.