INDEX — PRP and the ADA

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The PRP Survival Guide is a repository of experiences and insights shared by PRP patients and their caregivers. Collectively, the PRP community possesses a wealth of practical knowledge about pityriasis rubra pilaris. We need to harvest that knowledge for those in need of enlightenment.

Share what you have learned about PRP as a patient or caregiver. Share what you have been told by your dermatologist? Share articles  you feel might be worth reading or websites worth visiting. Here is the question we want to answer about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA):

Are PRP patients in the U.S. protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

INDEX — PRP and the ADA

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  1. ✽ The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.

    The ADA covers employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. It also applies to employment agencies and to labor organizations. The ADA’s nondiscrimination standards also apply to federal sector employees under section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, and its implementing rules.

    Being considered “disabled” under the ADA is different than qualifying for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. The Americans with Disabilities Act prevents your employer from discriminating against you if you can successfully perform the essential functions of your job.

    Your employer must make a “reasonable accommodation” to your known disability if it would not impose an “undue hardship” on your employer’s business. The law defines undue hardship as an action requiring significant difficulty or expense. The law takes into consideration an employer’s size, financial resources, etc.

    Examples of reasonable accommodation include: modified work schedules, extra leave (above and beyond sick leave), uniform/dress code changes, etc.

    To qualify under the ADA, you must:

    Work for a company that employs 15 or more employees; and have an impairment that substantially limits a “major life activity,” such as walking, breathing, or providing basic care for yourself (usually, to meet such a strict requirement, you must have a severe case of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis); or a history of such an impairment; or be regarded as having such an impairment; and be able to successfully perform the essential functions of your job, with or without a reasonable accommodation.

    Learn more:

    The Americans with Disabilities Act is there to protect you (PDF)
    Americans with Disabilities Act
    Job Accommodation Network: a free consulting service designed to increase the employability of people with disabilities

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