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DRC Handbook Chapter 7: Technical Assistance

The DRC provides technical assistance to all DOT employees, offices and OAs. These services are separate from the products and services provided through the reasonable accommodation process. The DRC's technical assistance services can include answering disability related questions; working with third-parties such as IT to get assistive technology devices approved or supported by the Department/OA; 508 compliance; accessible meetings; program access, etc.

DRC Handbook Chapter 6: Recruitment and Retention

During Spring 2006, DOT became the first Federal agency to employ a full-time Selective Placement Program Manager with responsibilities at the national level.  The program was added to the Disability Resource Center to centralize this function and to help the Department coordinate efforts toward improving the recruitment, hiring, advancement and retention of persons with disabilities across DOT.

DRC Handbook Chapter 4: Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations can be defined as any change in the work environment or in the way things are usually done that results in equal employment opportunity for an individual with a disability. At DOT, reasonable accommodations can be provided to job applicants, to employees to enable them to perform essential job functions, or to employees when a modification is required to ensure equal access to benefits and privileges of employment.

DRC Handbook Chapter 2: History of the DRC

The DRC was established in 1999 as a centrally funded reasonable accommodation program for employees with disabilities in DOT.  Prior to that time, reasonable accommodations were granted at the program office level, often resulting in inconsistent practices among Operating Administrations (OAs) and individual programs. Employees with disabilities advocated for the creation of a Department-wide program where reasonable accommodations would be provided consistently and effectively throughout the Department.

Foreword: How to Use This Handbook

This Handbook describes the services provided by the DOT Disability Resource Center. The Handbook is designed to be easily navigated on the web, with searchable terms and clickable links to sections and references.

The chapters are meant to stand each on its own, to make it easier for users to search and find relevant information. As such, similar information appears across multiple sections so users can avoid having to peruse the document to answer a specific question.

Disability Resource Center (DRC) Handbook

This Handbook describes the services provided by the DOT Disability Resource Center. The Handbook is designed to be easily navigated on the web, with searchable terms and clickable links to sections and references.

The chapters are meant to stand each on its own, to make it easier for users to search and find relevant information. As such, similar information appears across multiple sections so users can avoid having to peruse the document to answer a specific question.

Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel - May 13, 2009

The Department of Transportation is amending its Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) rules to apply to foreign carriers. The final rule also adds new provisions concerning passengers who use medical oxygen and passengers who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. The rule also reorganizes and updates the entire ACAA rule. The Department will respond to some matters raised in this rulemaking by issuing a subsequent supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking.

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable accommodations are changes or modifications to a job or work environment that make it possible for an employee with a disability to perform the essential functions of that job. Reasonable accommodations create equal access and opportunities in the workplace so that people with disabilities can be productive team players whose unique perspectives promote the development of successful programs.

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