Disability Services at UM-Dearborn
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability. Job Discrimination against people with disabilities is illegal if practiced by:
- private employers
- state and local governments
- employment agencies
- labor organizations
- labor-management committees
The part of the ADA enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) outlaws job discrimination by:
- All employers, including State and local government employers, with 25 or more employees after July 26, 1992
- All employers, including State and local government employers, with 15 or more employees after July 26, 1994
To be protected by ADA, you must have record of, or be regarded as having a substantial, as opposed to minor, impairment. A substantial impairment is one that significantly limits or restricts a major life activity such as hearing, seeing, speaking, walking, breathing, performing manual tasks, caring for oneself, learning, or working.
Disclosure of a Disability
Knowing whether or not to disclose a disability is an issue that you will face during your job search. With a better understanding, this situation does not have to be difficult.
Click here to learn more about disclosing a disability.
A reasonable accommodation is any adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified employee or applicant with a disability to participate in the application process or perform the job functions.
Learn more about procedures for providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.