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EEOC Explains Employment Rights Of Persons Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired

Press Release (Oct. 31, 2005) from Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Abstract: This press release announces publication of a document on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to employees who are blind or visually-impaired.

Key Words: blind, visual impairment, employment, EEOC, ADA, discrimination, accommodations

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) today issued a question-and-answer document on the application of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to people in the workplace who are blind or who have vision impairments. The new publication, is available on EEOC’s web site at <http://www.eeoc.gov/facts/blindness.html> focuses on the ADA and specific disability issues in accordance with President Bush’s New Freedom Initiative. It is the second ADA document made available by the Commission in the past two weeks, in observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

“This publication will help eliminate unfounded fears and stereotypes that lead to employment discrimination against so many people who are blind or visually impaired,” said EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominguez. “As with prior ADA fact sheets, our goal is twofold: first, to make clear that all people with disabilities are protected from workplace discrimination and, second, to educate employers and promote access and inclusion.”

Among the issues the new Q&A document addresses are:

The fact sheet helps to advance the goals of the President’s New Freedom Initiative, a comprehensive strategy for the full integration of people with disabilities into all aspects of American life. The New Freedom Initiative seeks to promote greater access to technology, education, employment opportunities, and community life for people with disabilities.

Contact: Charles Robbins, David Grinberg
(202) 663-4900
TTY: (202) 663-4494


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