ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic
Personal Assistance Services
For many individuals with disabilities, Personal Assistance Services (PAS) help make employment possible. Some people use PAS to carry out activities of daily living. Depending on the individual, such activities might include getting up and ready for work, bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning or running errands.
Some people also use PAS in the workplace. Examples of workplace PAS vary, but may involve activities such as retrieving materials out of reach or providing travel assistance for an employee with a mobility impairment; helping an employee with a cognitive disability in decision-making; reading printed materials to an employee who is visually impaired; or ensuring a sign language interpreter is present during meetings for an employee who is deaf.
Whether at home or work, PAS can be essential to employment success. Recognizing this, ODEP works to expand and raise awareness of employment-related PAS options. Meeting the needs of people on and off the job raises important policy issues for Federal and state governments, service providers, and employers, as well as people with disabilities themselves. ODEP recognizes PAS is a critical issue not only for those seeking employment, but also for those already employed. Improving PAS access and options helps not only reduce economic barriers for people with disabilities, but also increase awareness of the importance of direct care workers.
The following resources offer further information about PAS:
- PAS in the Workplace Publication developed by ODEP's Job Accommodation Network (JAN), in collaboration with the Center for Personal Assistance Services, that includes a section on PAS and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and a list of PAS resources.
- Personal Assistance Services on the Job Information brief from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability for Youth (NCWD/Youth) for service providers to youth with disabilities.
- Disability.gov Personal Assistance Services Resources Information on PAS as a workplace accommodation and support.
- Making the Move to Managing Your Own Personal Assistance Services (PAS): A Toolkit for Youth with Disabilities Transitioning to Adulthood Information about the kinds of PAS that can help a young person with disabilities become independent and transition to adulthood.