Uncle Sam seeks advice about improving hiring regulations for people with disabilities, and offers info about making health care facilities accessible
Two federal agencies are seeking to improve conditions for people with disabilities, in one case by strengthening federal hiring regulations, and in the other by making health care facilities more accessible to people with mobility problems.
The U.S. Department of Labor, through its Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), is inviting public comments on ways to strengthen regulations covering the hiring of people with disabilities by federal contractors.
Deadline for submission of comments is Sept. 21, 2010,
Federal contractors already are required to take “affirmative action” in hiring and promoting qualified individuals with disabilities. OFCCP wants to go further, specifically by revising the regulations that implement Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in June 2010 that 21.7 percent of people with disabilities were in the work force, compared with 70.5 percent of people without disabilities.
The three questions on which OFCCP seeks public input are:
Comments can be submitted in two ways:
For further information, contact Bingham at (202) 693-0102 (voice) or (202) 693-1337 (TTY).
Improving accessibility of health care facilities
The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights, in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, has produced a free publication titled Access to Medical Care for Persons with Mobility Disabilities.
The 19-page document contains technical guidance for making health care facilities more accessible for patients with disabilities. Although geared toward health care providers, individuals with disabilities also are welcome to the publication, either for themselves or to give to their doctors.
Included in the publication are an extensive question-and-answer section; illustrations of accessible medical equipment and examination rooms; and an overview of ADA (Americans with Disability Act) requirements.
Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability by private hospitals, physicians’ offices, clinics and other health care providers. The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits such discrimination by health care providers that receive federal financial assistance.
To download a copy of the publication from the ADA website, go to http://www.ada.gov/medcare_ta.htm. To be sent a copy, call the ADA Information Line at (800) 514-0301 (voice) or (800) 514-0383 (TTY).