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Reasonable Accommodation

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is committed to ensuring equal access to federal disaster assistance programs, information, services, and facilities, regardless of disability. FEMA provides equal access in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits federal agencies, as well as recipients of federal funding, from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities.

Who is a person with a disability?

A person with a disability is an individual who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.

What is a reasonable accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is a modification (change, exception, or adjustment) to a rule, policy, practice, service, or procedure that is necessary to allow individuals with disabilities equal access and opportunity to FEMA and FEMA funded programs, information, services, and facilities.

FEMA will attempt to process requests for Reasonable Accommodation and provide accommodations, as appropriate, within ten (10) business days from the date of receipt of the request. FEMA recognizes, however, that the time necessary to process a request will depend on the nature of the accommodation requested and whether it is necessary to obtain additional supporting information.

Types of Reasonable Accomodations

Reasonable accommodation for recipients of federal funding, from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities.

Reasonable accommodation for an employee or applicant with a disability to remove a workplace barrier.

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