REVIEWED APR 2 2017
U.S. Department of Labor
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) was authorized by Congress in the Department of Labor’s FY 2001 appropriation. Recognizing the need for a national policy to ensure that people with disabilities are fully integrated into the 21st Century workforce, the Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao delegated authority and assigned responsibility to the Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy. ODEP is a sub-cabinet level policy agency in the Department of Labor.
The ODEP provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability-related employment policy as well as practice affecting the employment of people with disabilities.
U.S. Department of Justice
Americans with Disabilities Act
Signed into law on July 26 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act is a wide-ranging legislation intended to make American Society more accessible to people with disabilities.
Definition of ''Qualified Individual With A Disability'' Under ADA
The American With Disability Act Defines ''qualified individual with a disability'' as: an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the employment position that such individual holds or desires.
Job Accomodation Network
JAN, a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by:
1) providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions, 2) providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and
3) educating callers about self-employment options.