Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities   [open pdf - 74KB]

"The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is committed to providing emergency preparedness as an essential activity in meeting the needs of all people at its facilities, including people with disabilities and other medical conditions. Under Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended (29 U.S.C. 791), and implementing regulations, the Department has a responsibility to provide adequate hiring, placement, and advancement opportunities for individuals with disabilities and reasonable accommodation in the workplace. The Department also has a responsibility under Section 504 of the Act (29 U.S.C. 794), to ensure that people with disabilities, including employees, job applicants and members of the public, are not excluded from or discriminated against under any programs or activities that the Department conducts. Accordingly, when emergency preparedness activities are undertaken in DOT occupied facilities, the Department must consider and provide for the needs of people with disabilities. Given the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, the Department must take even more seriously its obligation to safeguard its employees, customers, and the public. Employees and others with disabilities should not feel any more vulnerable in the DOT work environment than non-disabled co-workers and visitors. The special needs of people with disabilities must be addressed as an enduring part of emergency preparedness at the Department."

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