ACCESSIBILITY IN THE COMMUNITY
ASSESSIBILITY AND DISABILTY DISCLOSURE AT WORKFORCE SOLUTIONS
- A Guide to Disability Rights Law: This guide provides an overview of Federal civil rights laws that ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities. To find out more about how these laws may apply to you, click here to contact the agencies and organizations listed in the guide.
- Southwest ADA Center: The Center offers a free ADA hotline for confidential guidance on disability rights issues. Click here for more information or call 800.949.4232.
- U.S. Department of Justice: The DOJ has made available online the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design. These standards were adopted as part of the revised regulations for Title II and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
- National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth: This site provides information about transitioning from school to work.
EMPLOYMENT ISSUES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
- Accommodation Policy and Assistive Technology/Auxiliary Aids: Workforce Solutions is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Please contact a staff member to request an accommodation. Relay Texas: 1.800.735.2989 (TDD) and 1.800.735.2988 or 7-1-1 (voice)
- Disability Disclosure at Workforce Solutions: It is your personal decision whether to tell staff about your disability. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, staff can ask if you have a disability to determine if you are eligible for certain services from our office. However, disclosing your disability and information about it, is strictly voluntary. By disclosing your disability, you can receive the accommodations and assistance you need to fully benefit from the services of the Career Center. By disclosing, you may also become eligible for special programs available for people with disabilities and find out about additional resources to help you reach your employment goal.
Issues and Implications of Disability Disclosure: Disability disclosure is your personal decision. You do not need to disclose your disability to a prospective or current employer. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "if you think you will need a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions, you should inform the employer that an accommodation would be needed. Employers are required to provide reasonable accommodation only for physical or mental limitations of a qualified individual with a disability of which they are aware. Generally, it is the responsibility of the employee to inform the employer that an accommodation is needed."RESOURCES FOR JOB SEEKERS WITH DISABILITIESThe Do’s and Don’ts of Disclosure
Youth, Disclosure, and the Workplace
Guidance from the EEOC
Your Employment Rights as an Individual with a Disability
Job Accommodations Network for Individuals
Overview of protections against employment discrimination
Requesting Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
Sample Accommodations Request Letter
The ABC’s of SCHEDULE A for Applicants with Disabilities
The Ticket to Work Program for Social Security Beneficiaries
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
Office of Disability and Employment Policy of the Department of Labor
Panhandle Independent Living Center
Disability Rights Texas
Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Workforce Development Programs
Texas Medicaid Buy-In Program
Texas Panhandle Centers (formerly TPMHMR)