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5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia

5 Employment Rights from Disability Rights of West Virginia

  1. Reasonable Accommodations may be requested that permit you to: participate in the job application process; perform essential functions of the job; and enjoy employment benefits and privileges.
  2. You are only required to disclose a disability if you need a job accommodation. You choose if and when to disclose your disability. Employers may not ask you if you have a disability, or about the nature/severity of your disability, during the application process or job interview. Accommodation requests can be made at any time during your employment.
  3. Vocational Rehabilitation services can assist you with preparing for, securing, retaining, making advancements in or regaining employment. The purpose of Vocational Rehabilitation is to maximize employment, economic self-sufficiency, independence, and inclusion and integration into society.
  4. Individuals should be full and active partners in the Vocational Rehabilitation process making meaningful and informed choices, ensuring opportunities to obtain gainful employment in integrated settings.
  5. Vocational Rehabilitation services are available to students with disabilities starting as early as age 16 in order to develop a plan to help the student transition from school to employment. The Vocational Rehabilitation counselor should participate in the transition planning process to assist the student to meet their employment goals.

Please call DRWV at 1-800-950-5250 if you have any questions about transitioning from school to work, gaining/maintaining employment or returning to work. We are available to provide trainings on Employment Rights for People with Disabilities to groups or organizations. Please contact us if you are interested in scheduling a training.