Reasonable accommodations enable qualified individuals with disabilities to fully participate all service programs and activities.
Once a person requests an accommodation, it is important to discuss with that individual what functional limitations or barriers exist that are preventing that person from fully participating in your program. Often, people with disabilities know what they need and how to secure it. If the person is not sure what they need or where to secure accommodations, the Governor's Office of Community Service is here to help.
Below is a list of resources you may find helpful when seeking information about accommodations:
The Job Accommodation Network
www.askjan.org, (800) 526-7234 (voice) or (877) 781-9403 (TTY) The Job Accommodation Network (JAN) is a source for information about accommodations. JAN’s website is a wealth of information about accommodations and consultants are also available by phone. JAN’s services are free and confidential.
US Office of Rehabilitation Services
This federal agency funds state and local Vocational Rehabilitation Agencies across the country. They help individuals with physical or mental disabilities to obtain employment. Many Vocational Rehabilitation offices also help place people with disabilities in national service programs.
US Department of Veterans Affairs
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/, (800) 827-1000 (voice) This federal department supports nationwide employment training program for veterans with service-connected disabilities who qualify for vocational rehabilitation.
Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf
Directory of Interpreters: https://rid.org/about-rid/ (You can search by state) This organization is a national membership organization representing professional interpreters.
Telecommunications Relay Services- 711
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted use of the 711 dialing code for access to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS). TRS permits persons with a hearing or speech disability to use the telephone system via a text telephone (TTY) or other device to call persons with or without such disabilities.
Video Relay Services
Video Relay Service (VRS) is a form of Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS) that enables persons with hearing disabilities who use American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with voice telephone users through video equipment, rather than through typed text.
Easter seals is an organization that provides services to people with disabilities including assistance determining and implementing accommodations. They are a national organization with local affiliates.
Assistive Technology Lending Libraries
Many places have a lending library that provides assistive technology and other assistive devices to individuals and organizations. An internet search or consultation with some of the above resources can help you determine if your area has an Assistive Technology Lending Library.