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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, Federal agencies have a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodations for their employees and job applicants with disabilities. A reasonable accommodation is any change in the work environment or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to enjoy Equal Employment Opportunity. Examples of reasonable accommodations include, but are not limited to, sign language interpreters for people who are deaf, screen readers for people who are blind, accessible work stations for people who use wheelchairs, and more.
In order to meet their accommodation obligations, agencies should think creatively about ways to make their workplace more accessible and create an environment where their employees who have disabilities can thrive. Here are some suggestions that relate specifically to reasonable accommodation issues.
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