ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic
Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
To develop and influence disability employment-related policies and practices, ODEP sponsors four research and technical assistance resources. One of these is the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations and disability employment issues.
Recent JAN activities and areas of focus include:
- Federal Contractor Winter Webcast Archive
In March 2014, OFCCP's new Section 503 regulations went into effect for thousands of federal contractors and subcontractors. JAN's 2014 Federal Contractor Winter Webcast Series, consisting of three 90 minute sessions, provided an overview of the basic requirements of the new regulations, practical tips for compliance, and best practices for affirmative action.
- JAN Just-In-Time Training Modules
The JAN Multimedia Training Microsite provides training resources for JAN's users. These materials may be used in group training or by individuals. They may easily be incorporated into larger training events. Some resources are for general audiences while some are quite specific. Current topics include: All About JAN, Understanding and Applying the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act and Its Regulations, JAN's Interactive Process, Assistive Technology in the Workplace, All About JAN: Resources in Spanish, and Ergonomics in the Workplace.
- SNAP! Your Website Into Shape
Learn practical tips for making sure your Website is accessible by following JAN's SNAP Process: 1) Select your team, 2) No is not an answer, 3) Accept challenges and 4) Prioritize accessibility first. Work through the most common website accessibility issues and learn how to manage those high priority accessibility barriers with Tips for Designing Accessible Websites Including Self-Assessment SNAP Tool.
- Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments Act and newly released regulations from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refocused attention on workplace accommodations by broadening the definition of disability; more coverage means more employees will likely be entitled to workplace accommodations. This increased attention has some employers concerned about the costs of providing job accommodations. However, a study conducted by JAN shows that workplace accommodations not only are low cost, but also positively impact the workplace in many ways.
- JAN Blog: What Works for Me?
The JAN Blog is an opportunity for the public to share with others their workplace accommodation solutions. JAN receives over 45,000 contacts per year conversations with JAN customers that help us better understand what's working effectively in your workplaces. We have a great deal to learn from one another. We encourage you to share your experiences. Your accommodation success stories can benefit many others around the nation.