DisABILITY FAQs

Frequently-Asked Questions

 

Q: I am an individual with a disability and have been unable to find work. Is there a service that you offer that can help with my job search?

A: Job Search assistance is available through your local One-Stop Career center, the Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board (SELACO WIB), 562/402-9336. Contact information for your local One-Stop can be found using the following link to the Service Locator- http://servicelocator.org/ or by calling the Americas Workforce Network Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627) or for TTY users 1-877-TTY-JOBS (1-877-889-5627)

Q: I have been unable to work because of my disability for a number of years but am now interested in exploring the possibility of returning to work. Who should I talk to?

A: SELACO WIB or your local One-Stop career center can assist you. To find the One-Stop nearest you, please use the Service Locator- http://servicelocator.org/ or call the Americas Workforce Network Toll-Free Help Line at 1-877-US-2JOBS (1-877-872-5627) or for TTY users 1-877-TTY-JOBS (1-877-889-5627)

Q: I have a work related disability and am unable to continue in my current occupation. Are there services available that can assist me in training for a new occupation?

A: Training services are available to qualified individuals through the One-Stop system. Please contact SELACO WIB at 562/402-9336

Q: What is reasonable accommodation?

A: In relation to the ADA, reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job or the work environment that will enable a qualified applicant or employee with a disability to participate in the application process or to perform essential job functions. Reasonable accommodation also includes adjustments to assure that a qualified individual with a disability has rights and privileges in employment equal to those of employees without disabilities.

Q: How can an employee request reasonable accommodation from an employer?

A: Though it is not required by the ADA, employees should ask for accommodations in writing.

Q: Aren’t accommodations expensive?

A: Data collected suggest that more than half of all accommodations cost less than $500. Further, statistics show that most employers report financial benefits from providing accommodations due to a reduction in the cost of training new employees, a reduction in the cost of insurance, and an increase in worker productivity.

Q: Where can I get funding for accommodations and how much do accommodations typically cost?

A: Tax incentives are available to employers. In addition, funding is through several organizations. Read JAN’s Publication on Tax Incentives and visit JAN’s funding links for additional information.