Employment

Brendan and two friends at his job at the Quality Cash MarketThe DRC is working toward removing barriers to full employment for persons with disabilities, including employment discrimination on the basis of disability, reasonable accommodation issues, school to work transition issues, transportation issues, Social Security overpayments, student loan defaults, assisting SSI and SSDI beneficiaries who have complaints about the Ticket to Work Program, other legal barriers facing social security beneficiaries, and some limited Vocational Rehabilitation issues. The DRC does not handle worker's compensation cases.

The DRC also provides training and outreach in the areas of employment rights, transition planning, and other areas.

RAP Sheet Summer 2011: Getting a Foot in the Door PDF version

Rap Sheet Winter 2006: Cracking the Job Market PDF Version

Frequently Asked Questions:

Some of our work protecting the rights of people with disabilities in employment:

Individual advocacy - Vocational Rehabilitation

2013: DRC represented a young man, “John,” who needed to attend college as part of his employment goal. VR had refused to provide funding assistance beyond its $4,000 cap. DRC filed for an administrative hearing and obtained an order requiring VR to exceed their cap and provide funding to cover his unmet need.

2012: : Despite many years working with Vocational Rehabilitation, "John" had still not achieved employment. VR had refused to provide the things he needed to succeed at his small business – tools and a working car – and had closed his case. DRC filed for an administrative hearing and was able to get his case reopened and the services needed to get his business up and running.

Individual Advocacy - Employment Discrimination
2011: DRC represented a man, “Jim,” whose employer had fired him after learning he had multiple sclerosis. The case was resolved in Jim’s favor through a negotiated settlement agreement.
2011: When a company outsourced part of its sales force to another business, all employees were let go and then rehired—except for “Roy,” who used a wheelchair even though Roy’s sales had exceeded all other employees. DRC represented Roy and, through mediation, reached a settlement favorable to Roy.

Policy Work
2013: DRC’s and NH’s DD Council’s representatives to the Developmental Services Quality Council played an instrumental role in getting the Quality Council to recommend and the NH DHHS to adopt several significant improvements to its rules on supported employment (He-M 518). One was ensuring that a process be used to identify whether an individual would like to obtain employment as opposed to just leaving it to the person to know that employment is a covered service. Another is the inclusion of a vocational evaluation in the employment planning process. Finally, a more explicit provision was included affording job skills training when needed.

If you need help with an employment problem relating to your disability, call Disability Rights Center - NH at 1-800-834-1721,or apply for an intake appointment online. Here are some other places to go for assistance:

If you need help with a problem with Vocational Rehabilitation, contact the Client Assistance Program at the Governor's Commission on Disability


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