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How can my job accommodate my disability?

Disabilities do not have to prevent you from working. They may, however, present opportunities to interact with your work environment in a different way. If you want to earn your own paycheck and participate in the workforce, there are laws, resources, and programs that may help make your goal a reality.

What if I have a job but my abilities have changed?

Federal laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) have helped to ensure that individuals who have disabilities can participate in society and do not experience discrimination or segregation. In the workplace, individuals with disabilities have the right to request “reasonable accommodation.” This means that you can request your employer to make adjustments to enable you to work. For example, a ramp leading to the front door, materials written in Braille, or other assistive technology can help your work environment better suit your needs. Learn about (and try out) assistive technologies that might work for you at Tools for Life.

You can learn more about how the ADA impacts employment for individuals with disabilities by visiting websites for the Department of Labor and Southeast ADA Center.

If you need help keeping your job, Georgia’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency may provide access to resources that can enable you to continue to work. Learn more through the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

If you are between the ages of 18 and 64 and qualify to receive disability income from the Social Security Administration, learn about its Ticket-to-Work program at the Social Security Administration’s website.

What if I’m looking for work opportunities?

The workforce is made up of diverse people, including individuals with a variety of disabilities. There are programs that can help with job training and supported employment opportunities. A few resources that can help include your local Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities Community Services Board (for individuals with mental illness or intellectual and developmental disabilities) and the disABILITY Link (for individuals with physical disabilities). You can also contact empowerline to learn more.

Georgia’s Vocational Rehabilitation Agency serves individuals who have a permanent disability that is a barrier to employment and provides resources like job training, evaluations, and job placement services and. Learn more through the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency.

If you need more support or have questions about finding or keeping a job as a person with a disability, contact empowerline today.

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