Resources for People with Disability


These are resources for people with disabilities that will assist them in their employment and careeers.

Disclosure Decisions




Every individual with a disability must choose whether to disclose (share) his or her disability with an employer. Primary factors to consider include whether accommodations will be needed on the job or whether a disability is visible or hidden.

When and How to ask for accommodations.

The Workforce Solutions of Central Texas System is an equal opportunity employer and program/service provider. Auxiliary aids and services are available in all of our centers upon request to individuals with disabilities. Relay Texas dial 7-1-1

Resources




Family & Medical Leave Act

The FMLA provides that eligible employees of covered employers have a right to take job-protected leave for qualifying events without interference or restraint from their employers. An eligible employee has the right to have group health insurance maintained during a period of FMLA leave under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave and has the right to be restored to the same or an equivalent position at the end of the FMLA leave.

The FMLA also gives employees the right to file a complaint with the Wage and Hour Division, file a private lawsuit under the Act (or cause a complaint or lawsuit to be filed), and testify or cooperate in other ways with an investigation or lawsuit without being fired or discriminated against in any other manner.

Employees and other persons may file complaints with a local Wage and Hour Division office. The Department of Labor may file suit to ensure compliance and recover damages if a complaint cannot be resolved administratively. Most employees also have private rights of action, without involvement of the Department of Labor, to correct violations and recover damages through the courts.

Failure on the part of employers to follow the FMLA notice requirements, may constitute an interference with, restraint, or denial of the exercise of an employee’s FMLA rights.




Architectural & Transportation Barriers Compliance Board - Austin
www.tdlr.state.tx.us/ab/abrules.htm
Phone: (512) 463-6599 Toll Free: (800) 803-9202

Social Security Disability & Ticket to Work – Temple
https://www.ssa.gov/disabilityssi/
Phone: (866) 563-4594

Disability.gov
A comprehensive online resource designed to provide people with disabilities with quick & easy access to information. Provides access to disability-related information and programs available across the government on numerous subjects, including benefits, civil rights, community life, education, employment, housing, health, technology and transportation.
www.disability.gov

Health and Human Services Office on Disability (OD)
The mission of OD is to oversee the implementation and coordination of programs and policies that enhance the health and well being of people with disabilities.
www.hhs.gov/od

National Business & Disability Council
Provides corporations with a full range of services to assist them in successfully integrating people with disabilities into the workplace. www.nbdc.com

USDOL Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP)
The Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) provides national leadership by developing and influencing disability employment-related policies and practices affecting an increase in the employment of people with disabilities. www.dol.gov/odep
Phone: (800) 633-7365

Workplace Accommodations - Job Accommodation Network (JAN)
Free consulting service from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) that provides individualized accommodations solutions and technical assistance on the ADA. Areas JAN addresses are: Accommodation options and low-cost solutions; Hiring, retaining and promoting qualified employees with disabilities; Employer responsibilities under the ADA; Reducing worker’s compensation and other insurance costs; Addressing accessibility issues.

Assistive Technology - HOCTILC -Heart of Central Texas Independent Living Center - Belton www.hoctilc.org
Phone – (254) 933-7487

DARS - Department of Assistive & Rehabilitative Services – Killeen, Temple
www.dars.state.tx.us
Phone – (254) 770-5800

Financial Assistance for Equipment (Arthritis Foundation) – Waco
Allows people without financial resources to receive assistance for medical equipment
Phone – (254) 772-9303

Computer/Electronic Accommodation Program - www.cap.mil
Providing real solutions for real needs. Much of CAP's success lies in their ability to provide reasonable accommodations to employees quickly and easily, increasing employment and retention of employees with disabilities.

CAP has a number of resources that can inform you about assistive technology (AT) and ergonomics. Our AT Demonstration videos can provide information about the different types of accommodations and how these solutions help employees with disabilities. CAP has created the first in a series of online training modules. This module will help you understand how simple and beneficial hiring employees with disabilities can be.