Options and rights

The Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision and other laws ensure your right to work. To better understand your rights and responsibilities on the job, it's helpful to understand current state and federal policies. 

For example:   

  • What is Employment First? Employment First is a national movement that supports competitive employment for all working-age people with disabilities.
  • What is informed choice? Informed choice means that you have all the information you need to understand your options, as well as the risks and benefits of your decisions.  
  • What is the Home and Community-Based Services rule? Called HCBS for short, this rule gives people with disabilities more choices about how they live, work and enjoy life in the community.
  • What are my rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act? This law makes it illegal to discriminate against an employee based on a disability.
  • Do I need to disclose my disability? The law protects your right to privacy. You don't need to discuss your disability or limitations with other employees.
  • How do I advocate for my needs in the workplace? Be comfortable asserting your needs. It's illegal for an employer to discipline or otherwise get back at an employee for requesting reasonable accommodations.

 

Learn more

FAQs about the ADA | The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

3 steps to disclosing a disability | Virginia Commonwealth University

Job supports and reasonable accommodations: The basics | Disability Benefits 101

 

How the Hub can help

The Hub team can help you: 

  • Stay informed about changes in policies and services
  • Understand your rights and ways to assert those rights
  • Identify ways to get your needs met at work

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