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SEC Disability Program

April 8, 2020

Reasonable Accommodations

The SEC’s policy is to reasonably accommodate qualified persons with disabilities covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 when they request accommodations and such accommodations will not cause the SEC undue hardship. Under the Rehabilitation Act, the SEC must ensure equal opportunity for employees and applicants with disabilities, and also ensure that its programs and activities—including educational materials, public events, and information and computer technology (such as this website)—are accessible to people with disabilities. SEC buildings and facilities must be readily accessible to people with disabilities, including SEC employees and applicants with disabilities.

Persons with disabilities can request an accommodation to allow participation in or benefit from SEC programs and activities that would not otherwise be accessible because of a disability. Employees with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to perform the essential functions of their jobs, participate in programs, and enjoy the benefits of employment. For detailed information about the SEC’s accommodation procedures for employees and applicants for employment, see the policy on SEC Accommodation Procedures.

Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process

If you are an applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process at the SEC, please submit the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in Job Application Process. Requests should be made as soon as possible and at least five (5) business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation, as feasible. Requests submitted less than five days in advance will be reviewed, but the ability to provide a requested accommodation may be impacted.

Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in SEC Public Programs

A member of the public may request an accommodation related to an SEC facility, program, or activity by submitting the form for Reasonable Accommodation for Participation in SEC Public Programs. Requests should be made as soon as possible and at least 10 business days in advance of the date you need the requested accommodation, where feasible. Requests submitted less than 10 days in advance will be reviewed, but the ability to provide a requested accommodation may be impacted.

Personal Assistance Services

At the SEC, we offer Personal Assistance Services (PAS) as a reasonable accommodation to enable qualified employees with targeted disabilities to perform their essential job functions. For many individuals with targeted disabilities, PAS can be essential to making employment possible. PAS provides skilled care on a case-by-case basis to qualified employees to access otherwise inaccessible aspects of the job or personal care. PAS helps individuals who, because of targeted disabilities, require assistance to perform basic activities of daily living that would otherwise prevent them from full participation in employment. These services, however, do not include medical care or the administration of medicine.

PAS might include, but are not limited to assistance with the following tasks:

  • Assistance with removing and putting on clothing
  • Eating
  • Using the restroom
  • Retrieving materials out of reach
  • Providing travel assistance for an employee with a mobility impairment

The process for requesting PAS, the process for determining whether such services are required, and the agency’s right to deny such requests when provisions of the services pose an undue hardship, are the same as for requesting other reasonable accommodations. An employee with a targeted disability may request PAS by sending an email to ReasonableAccommodation@sec.gov.

Discrimination

Information about federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of disability is available from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Contact the Disability Program Team at the SEC

For information concerning the SEC Reasonable Accommodation Program, individuals may contact the Disability Program Officer (DPO) at ReasonableAccommodation@sec.gov

You may also contact the SEC Disability Program using Video Relay Service at 202-559-5087.

Accessibility at SEC

If you have any questions or want to provide any informal feedback about the accessibility of SEC facilities, contact the SEC’s Disability Program Manager at ReasonableAccommodation@sec.gov

If you believe you may need an accommodation because of a disability in order to access information on this website or if you are having web accessibility problems, contact Section508mailbox@SEC.gov.

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