ODEP - Office of Disability Employment Policy
Disability Employment Policy Resources by Topic
The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is the leading source of free, expert and confidential guidance on workplace accommodations. Contact JAN via phone at (800) 526-7234 or (877) 781-9403 (TTY) or online at AskJAN.org. Specific online resources include:
- A-Z of Disabilities and Accommodations
- Searchable Online Accommodation Resource (SOAR)
- Start with JAN: Resources for Small Business
DOL's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) also offers a range of resources to assist employees and employers in learning about work issues. These include:
- Customized Employment and Flexible Work Arrangements
- The Job Accommodation Process: Steps to Collaborative Solutions
- Return-to-Work Toolkit
- Building an Inclusive Workforce: A Four-Step Reference Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Employees with Disabilities (Printed copies are available from ODEP's online order site.)
- The Campaign for Disability Employment (CDE) (The CDE's Discussion Guide, which includes a DVD copy of the award-winning "I Can" Public Service Announcement, and accompanying posters are also available from ODEP's online order site.)
For people with psychiatric disabilities and other mental health concerns, the following resources may also be of assistance:
For people who may need assistance at work, Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace provides information and guidance. While many employers understand the impact of qualified workers have on their bottom line, they may not understand the low cost of accommodating employees so that they can stay on the job following injury or illness. Workplace Accommodations: Low Cost, High Impact illustrates this through real-life situations and statistics.
The Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) has additional resources and Expertise to Assist and Prepare them to Obtain Meaningful Careers, Maximize their Employment Opportunities, and Protect their Employment Rights. Visit www.dol.gov/vets for more. Specific resources include:
Women in the workforce are vital to the nation's economic security. The Women's Bureau develops policies and standards and conducts inquiries to safeguard the interests of working women; to advocate for their equality and economic security for themselves and their families; and to promote quality work environments. Visit the Women's Bureau for more.
Specific resources include:
From the Department of Commerce
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), a part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, is an entrepreneurially focused organization committed to wealth creation in minority communities. The Agency's mission is to actively promote the growth and competitiveness of large, medium and small minority business enterprises (MBEs). Visit www.mbda.gov.
The Small Business Administration
The United States Small Business Administration dedicates its energy and resources to providing support to small businesses and small-business owners across the nation. Visit http://www.sba.gov.