BBI's Southeast ADA Center, Kentucky Affiliate create guide for veterans: Know Your Employment Rights Under the ADA

November 6, 2012

The Southeast ADA Center, a project of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University, and its Kentucky Affiliate, MLM Associates, have created an employment rights guide for veterans with disabilities. The guide includes practical information to help veterans with disabilities understand their rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA assures that all people have the same opportunities and rights.

The Know Your Employment Rights Under the ADA - A Guide for Veterans [PDF] has information on:

  • The ADA definition of disability, which is broader than the military’s.
  • Protecting veterans with disabilities from discrimination in their job search.
  • Reasonable accommodations employers are required to make for veterans and other people with disabilities.
  • Disclosing a disability to an employer or potential employer.
  • Where to turn if a veteran feels his or her employment rights have been violated.
  • Veteran employment initiatives and related websites.

During the past decade, about two million U.S. troops have been deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. Nearly 40,000 have returned home with a service-related disability. “Transitioning and sustaining employment within the civilian workforce can be challenging for these men and women with disabilities. This guide outlines the important federal protections for veterans with disabilities who are looking for jobs or are already in the workplace,” says Pamela Williamson, director of the Southeast ADA Center.

Access the Guide for Veterans: Know Your Employment Rights Under the ADA [PDF].

About the Southeast ADA Center

The Southeast ADA Center answers questions, as well as provides training and materials about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The Center serves an eight-state geographic region: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. As part of the ADA National Network sponsored by grants from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR), the Southeast ADA Center is one of 10 regional centers offering training and technical assistance to promote voluntary compliance with the ADA, including information about the rights of people with disabilities and the responsibilities of businesses as well as state and local governments to provide equal opportunity to participate. The Southeast ADA Center is a grant project of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. For more information, visit the Southeast ADA Center website (ADAsoutheast.org).