Americans with Disabilities Act: A Guide for People with Disabilities Seeking Employment (NUREG/BR-0462)

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Date Published: September 2009

Office of Small Business and Civil Rights
U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Washington, DC 20555-0001


There are more opportunities now than ever before for people who are receiving SSDI and SSI benefits to learn job skills and find permanent employment. If you are seeking a job or are new to the workforce, you should become familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), a Federal civil rights law designed to prevent discrimination and enable individuals with disabilities to participate fully in all aspects of society. One fundamental principle of the ADA is that individuals with disabilities who want to work and are qualified to work must have an equal opportunity to work. Toward that end, this brochure answers the following questions about employment rights under the ADA:

  • How do I know if I am protected by the ADA?
  • What are my rights under the ADA?
  • What is a "reasonable accommodation"?
  • What should I do if I think I might need a reasonable accommodation?
  • How do I request a reasonable accommodation?
  • What happens after I make a request for a reasonable accommodation?
  • What should I do if I think my ADA rights have been violated?
  • Is there any cost to file a charge?
  • Do I need a lawyer to file a charge?
  • What happens after I file a charge with the EEOC?

For related information, see Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination Complaint Process.

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