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Office of Disability Employment Policy

Welcome to JAN, a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities by:

  1. Providing individualized worksite accommodations solutions,
  2. providing technical assistance regarding the ADA and other disability related legislation, and
  3. educating callers about self-employment options.

This is a free service of the Office of Disability Employment Policy U.S. Department of Labor.

Federal Initiatives

Do you want to assist the National Federation of the Blind with its federal initiatives? To view what the NFB is currently working on at the federal level, then please visit https://nfb.org/laws-and-legislation. The fact sheets from the NFB Washington Seminar can be viewed at https://nfb.org/washington-seminar.

Call to Action: Opposition to H.R. 620, the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017

As you know, we ask members from time to time to contact their representatives in Congress in support of legislation that would benefit the blind community. But today I am calling upon all Federationists to contact their representatives in opposition to H.R. 620. The phone number for the Capitol switchboard is (202) 224-3121. From there, simply ask to be connected with your representative. In addition, please call the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Robert Goodlatte, at (202) 225-5431.

Here are some brief talking points to share with the offices of your representative and Chairman Goodlatte:

  1. the ADA was enacted in 1990, so covered entities have had ample time to learn about and comply with the law;
  2. the ADA already contains an “undue burden” provision to protect covered entities when the costs of making facilities accessible are too high; and
  3. Title III of the ADA (which applies to public accommodations) does not allow monetary damages for noncompliance.

The National Federation of the Blind has joined with 216 other allied civil rights organizations in opposing this bill. You can read our joint letter at https://nfb.org/images/nfb/documents/pdf/sign-on-letters/comments_on_hr620_03162017.pdf. If you want to know how this bill would affect us, consider internet access guaranteed under the ADA and our comments filed with DOJ last October (https://nfb.org/ada-title-ii-internet-regulations-joint-sanprm-comments) as just one example.