Section 501 Info Center
Explore all aspects of Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which provides regulations for federal employment of people with disabilities and inclusion of disabled workers in the Federal Government workforce.
Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a federal civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against people with disabilities in Federal Government employment. It also establishes regulations related to the inclusion of people with disabilities in federal employment.
As the nation’s largest employer, the Federal Government has committed itself to modeling effective employment policies and practices that advance America’s ideal of opportunity for all. This is the spirit underpinning Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which prohibits federal agencies from discriminating against qualified people with disabilities in employment and requires them to take proactive steps to recruit and retain them.
In 2017, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updates strengthening Section 501. The information on this page can help federal agencies understand the changes to Section 501 and achieve their diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) goals, including through development of federal agency affirmative action plans.
EARN developed the following guides to provide information to federal agencies on three strategies that can help them achieve their DEIA goals: self-identification, partnerships and centralized accommodation funds.
- Federal Agency Promising and Emerging Practices Facilitating Self-Identification of Disability
- A Roadmap for Developing Effective Collaborations & Partnerships to Advance the Employment of Individuals with Disabilities in the Federal Sector
- Advancing & Retaining Federal Employees with Disabilities—The Case for Centralized Accommodation Programs & Funding
- Questions and Answers about Section 501
- Section 501 Policy Brief
- Executive Order (EO) 14035 Info Center
- Directory of Federal Agency Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs)
- Federal Agency Employment Strategies: A Framework for Disability Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility (DEIA)
- Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace
- Schedule A Hiring Authority
- Disability Inclusion in Action: Federal Agency Promising Practices
- Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace: What Federal Employers Should Know