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Business requirements for working with disabled people

 

Providing services for the disabled means using common sense.  The ADA does not require businesses to go to any extreme levels, expense, or to put your business in financial jeopardy.  There are no strange rules that will make your business operate in strange ways.  They do however, make sense from a business standpoint because anytime you make your business accessible to disabled people, you add business potential to your organization.

ADA rules are actually reasonably flexible and most business owners find that they already employ most of the requirements since building code has required such for 10+ years.  

Government-wide disability information

WHAT IS THE ADA? The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) gives federal civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion. It guarantees equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities in public accommodations, employment, transportation, State and local government services, and telecommunications.

    ADA GUIDE FOR SMALL BUSINESSES. This 15-page illustrated guide presents an overview of some basic ADA requirements for small businesses that provide goods and services to the public. It provides guidance on how to make their services accessible and how tax credits and deductions may be used to offset specific costs.

    ADA Guide for Small Businesses (PDF Document Download) Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader

    SECTION 508 OF THE REHABILITATION ACT: In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and strengthened provisions covering access to information in the Federal sector for people with disabilities. As amended, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act requires access to the Federal government's electronic and information technology. 

    The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain, or use electronic and information technology. Federal agencies must ensure that this technology is accessible to employees and the public, including persons with disabilities. The law directs the Access Board to develop access standards that will become part of the Federal procurement regulations. See more on the Federal IT Accessibility Initiative web site at http://www.section508.gov.

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