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Reasonable Accommodation

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, section 501, requires a Federal Government Agency to provide reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, unless it would cause undue hardship. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment or in the way a job is performed that enables a person with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities.

Although many individuals with disabilities can apply for and perform jobs without any reasonable accommodations, workplace barriers may keep others from performing jobs which they could do with some form of accommodation. These barriers may be physical obstacles (such as inaccessible facilities or equipment), or they may be procedures or rules (such as rules concerning when work is performed, when breaks are taken, or how job tasks are performed). Reasonable accommodation removes workplace barriers for individuals with disabilities.

For more information regarding reasonable accommodation procedures for EPA employees and applicants with disabilities, contact Bill Haig, National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at 202-564-7959 or haig.william@epa.gov.

AFGE Reasonable Accommodation Procedures (PDF) (36 pp, 6.9MB, About PDF)

Non-AFGE Reasonable Accommodation Procedures (PDF) (28 pp, 4.9MB, About PDF)


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