Section 501 Info Center
Explore all aspects of Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, which provides regulations for inclusion of people with disabilities in the Federal Government.
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. Recently, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued updates strengthening Section 501, and EARN is pleased to partner with EEOC to help federal agencies understand and achieve their goals under them.
Guides from EARN
The following EARN guides offer information on three leading strategies federal agencies are using to achieve disability inclusion and achieve their goals under Section 501: 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
- Federal Affirmative Action Plans (AAPs)
- Section 501 Fact Sheet
- Section 501 Policy Brief
- Federal Agency Employment Strategies: A Framework for Disability Inclusion
- History of Federal Disability Employment Efforts
- Schedule A Hiring Authority
- Personal Assistance Services in the Workplace
- Disability Inclusion in Action: Federal Agency Promising Practices
- Service and Emotional Support Animals in the Workplace: What Federal Employers Should Know