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Top 10 CIO Strategies For Implementing Section 508

Top 10 CIO Strategies For Implementing Section 508

Last Updated: May 5, 2011

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What if I Need Assistance with Personal Needs when I am at School or Work in the Clinical Setting?

What if I Need Assistance with Personal Needs when I am at School or Work in the Clinical Setting?

This may be a personal assistant issue and not your school’s or employer's responsibility.

Below are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:




Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

As a Nurse or Nursing Student Using a Wheelchair, How Can I Perform a "Head-to-Toe" Physical Exam?

As a Nurse or Nursing Student Using a Wheelchair, How Can I Perform a "Head-to-Toe" Physical Exam?

You also may ask your patient to sit in a chair or non-rolling stool for part of the exam, lower the table or bed so that you can reach your patient more easily. Remember that many nurses complete the exam on the patient’s front side first, progressing to the back, which would require you to reposition yourself less frequently.

See how one nursing student using a wheelchair adapted to situations like this in the film entitled
Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker. In addition, here are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Care for Patients with Contact Precautions?
If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Complete a Student Rotation in the Operating Suite?



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a History of Chemical Dependency (Drugs or Alcohol)?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a History of Chemical Dependency (Drugs or Alcohol)?

If you no longer actively use drugs or alcohol, you may qualify as disabled.

Below are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:




Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Care for Patients with Contact Precautions?

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Care for Patients with Contact Precautions?
If you are a student, is the nursing program willing to accept your theoretical knowledge of the skill and a learning laboratory demonstration of your competence, in lieu of actually carrying out the skill in the clinical setting? For many students, not just those with disabilities, catheterizing a male patient or inserting a nasogastric tube are approached in that way because simulated, theoretical activities still allow the student to meet program objectives when few opportunities exist to complete the skill in the clinical setting.


A second approach is to disinfect the wheels of the chair and spread a bed sheet over the wheelchair ("gown" the chair as well as the nurse) before entering the room. Discard the sheet, along with the other protection, and repeat the disinfectant when leaving the room. Or you could leave a facility wheelchair in that room, transferring into it upon entry and out of it when you leave the room.

Although they can safely complete the task, most nurses using wheelchairs will choose to work at a job or in a setting where this activity is not necessary.
See how one nursing student using a wheelchair adapted to situations like this in the film entitled Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker. In addition, here are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Complete a Student Rotation in the Operating Suite?



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Complete a Student Rotation in the Operating Suite?

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Complete a Student Rotation in the Operating Suite?

First of all, does the nursing program absolutely require this rotation or could you meet learning objectives in another setting that would be less difficult logistically? If they are unwilling to let you move to another setting, you and your instructor can talk with the OR manager about a couple of options. You can disinfect your chair before entering the suite each day or you can use a chair kept in the suite for other purposes. The chair may not fit you well and be somewhat uncomfortable, especially if you consider your chair an extension of your body, but it will get you through the few days most programs allocate to this specialty.

See how one nursing student using a wheelchair adapted to situations like this in the film entitled
Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker. In addition, here are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:

If I Use a Wheelchair, How Can I Care for Patients with Contact Precautions?



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

I Can No Longer Physically Complete the Clinical Portion of a Refresher Course?

I Can No Longer Physically Complete the Clinical Portion of a Refresher Course?

Work with your refresher program and the Disability Services Officer to look for clinical settings where you could display your skill proficiency, taking into account that you need accommodations.

In addition, here are some specific suggestions on organizations and resources to increase your awareness about your rights and responsibilities:



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

How Can I Find a Nursing Job if I Stutter?

How Can I Find a Nursing Job if I Stutter?

Please explore our website for resources:

  • For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
  • Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.
  • For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Tell them what is happening and ask about interviewing resources that would support you and ask to practice responses with them that would follow discriminatory statements from employers.
  • Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.
  • Connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local Center for Independent Living. Find a nurse mentor with a disability in your area who will let you practice interviewing skills and give you suggestions; contact former faculty/instructors as advocates to open doors, and become a strong advocate for yourself by knowing your rights and responsibilities under the ADA. During future interviews, de-emphasize your speech impairment and focus on skills, knowledge, and motivation.
  • Information about how to get a job, contact State Vocational Rehabilitation Program or the Job Accommodation Network.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Mental Health Condition?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Mental Health Condition?

Yes, the ADA Amendments specify that mitigating measures such as medications cannot be considered in determining whether a person has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (the criterion for protection under the ADA). This means that your medications that help you function well do not disqualify you. You may also be protected under the Amendments which say that episodic conditions are covered if your condition would substantially limit a major life activity when it is in its active state.

In addition, here are some specific suggestions from our Board members about how you might adapt to the clinical setting:


If you decide you want to disclose your disability and request accommodations, use this opportunity to highlight the unique perspectives and experiences you bring to your work as a result of your condition. You know what it is like to live with a chronic "invisible" condition. You know what it's like to interact with the medical community as person who has had to be "diagnosed", and you know what it is like to have a chronic condition that you have to "manage". All of this can positively affect how you work with patients as they negotiate their interactions with the healthcare community.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if My Vision is Impaired?

Can I Be a Nurse if My Vision is Impaired?

Absolutely, you can be a nurse if you have a visual disability. You may have been told that you could not be a nurse, but NOND has Board members with visual impairments who are successful nurses. After you look at the resources on our website, one of these nurses would be happy to talk with you about their adaptations, if needed, but remember that you must learn to be your own advocate.

The ADA Amendments specify that mitigating measures or devices such as special eye wear cannot be considered in determining whether a person has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (the criterion for protection under the ADA). This means that your bioptics (described below) or other special adaptations that help you function well do not disqualify you for protection under the ADA.
In addition, here are some specific suggestions from our Board members about how you might adapt to the clinical setting:

Also see:
How Can I Master Clinical Skills if I Have Impaired Vision?



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Hearing Loss?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Hearing Loss?

Absolutely! The ADA Amendments specify that mitigating measures or devices such as hearing aids cannot be considered in determining whether a person has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (the criterion for protection under the ADA). This means that your hearing aids that help you function well do not disqualify you for protection under the ADA. The state vocational service or department of rehabilitation may be able to help with hearing aids. Each state varies as to what they will cover. We have nurses on our Board who have hearing loss who can consult with you, after you have explored the resources provided above.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state
National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

Connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.

Information about how to get a job, contact State Vocational Rehabilitation Program or the Job Accommodation Network.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can Employers Require Pre-Employment Physicals?

Can Employers Require Pre-Employment Physicals?

What do I do if I feel I have been discriminated against as a result of the physical?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state
National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.

For information about how to get a job, contact State Vocational Rehabilitation Program or the Job Accommodation Network.

Under the ADA, employers can require pre-employment physicals. The extent of the physicals and the reason for them must be consistent with business practice and job-related. Physicals should be looking at function, not diagnosis. i.e, does this candidate have the ability to perform the essential functions of the job for which they are applying? Such physicals must be the same for every applicant for the same position, or employers will have a difficult time showing they were not treating you differently, presumably because of a "perceived" disability.
 
Employers should not ask, “Do you have a condition that needs accommodation?” but they can ask, “Can you perform the essential functions of this job with or without a reasonable accommodation?" If you feel you have been treated unfairly, you can file an internal grievance with the agency’s Affirmative Action department, stating that you feel you received disparate treatment as a result of your "perceived" disability. That might result in additional training for the agency around ADA issues.
 
Another place to make formal complaints is the Bureau of Labor and Industry in your state. By filing a complaint with BOL, you are addressing both state and federal employment issues. You also can file a complaint with the EEOC (federal). If you file with EEOC or BOLI it is important to be clear about your goal. It may be to get a job, or to get punitive damages related to stress, or to require the agency to get additional training on ADA issues.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have Concerns with Manual Dexterity or Have only One Hand?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have Concerns with Manual Dexterity or Have One Hand?

Absolutely! NOND has contact with nurses who have practiced as a nurse with one hand for over 25 years. Use the resources below and work with your college’s or university’s Disability Services Officer to request accommodations. Be creative when designing accommodations - as long as certain principles are followed, the ways in which tasks are done may become negotiable. With respect to technical tasks, there may be more than one way to do them. If you need specific suggestions, contact NOND to speak with one of our experts. See Danielle’s story, a successful nurse in practice.

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state
National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. Also check out your rights under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.

Some nursing programs may be more receptive to you than others. If you have the opportunity, talk to current students or to nursing faculty about a selected program’s record of accommodating students with disabilities. Also, meet with the Disability Services Officer to discuss entrance requirements and your expected access to accommodations.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

How Can I Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) if I Have Limited Mobility?

How Can I Perform Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) if I Have Limited Mobility?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state
National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.

Consider the following activities:

  • If you are a nursing student, be sure to work with your Disability Services Office where you already have documented your disability. They can advocate for you with nursing faculty.
  • Find out if the nursing program is willing to accept your theoretical knowledge of the skill and a learning laboratory demonstration of your competence, in lieu of actually carrying out the skill in the clinical setting? If not, you can do CPR standing beside a bed or stretcher if your knees are the issue. If you use a wheelchair, you have several options. You can get out of your chair onto the floor with the patient and do CPR there or you can lower the bed or stretcher to reach the patient.
  • You also can use an Ambu-Bag, which helps with the assist breaths via a mask with an attached bag to inflate the patient’s lungs. Current guidelines emphasize chest compressions, which can be done on the floor.
  • See how one nursing student adapted to situations like this in the film entitled Open the Door, Get 'Em a Locker. Many nurses never perform CPR; most practicing nurses who find CPR difficult simply find a job that does not require this skill.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have Intermittent Conditions?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have Intermittent Conditions?

Absolutely, you can be a nurse if you have a chronic, intermittent health condition.

If you have an episodic (intermittent) condition such as epilepsy, migraines, or fibromyalgia, you would be considered to have a disability if any of your major life activities are impaired when the condition is in its active state. When seeking ADA protection, remember that there must be a link between the disability or limitations and the task for which you need help.

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

To request accommodations under the ADA, you will need to disclose your condition and provide documentation from your health care provider. Also, contact your local
contact your local Center for Independent Living for ideas about accommodations from people who have had similar issues.

If your chronic condition affects a major life activity such as seeing, hearing, walking, sleeping, etc., or a major bodily function such as those of the immune system, normal cell growth, or endocrine system, etc., you are covered under the ADA. Latex allergies also come under this portion of the ADA and its amendments.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Chronic Condition that Affects My Life Activities?

Can I Be a Nurse if I Have a Chronic Condition that Affects My Life Activities?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

To request accommodations under the ADA, you will need to disclose your condition and provide documentation from your health care provider. Also, contact your local
contact your local Center for Independent Living for ideas about accommodations from people who have had similar issues.

If your chronic condition affects a major life activity such as seeing, hearing, walking, sleeping, etc., or a major bodily function such as those of the immune system, normal cell growth, or endocrine system, etc., you are covered under the ADA. Latex allergies also come under this portion of the ADA and its amendments.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

How Can I Master Clinical Skills if I Have Impaired Vision?

How Can I Master Clinical Skills if I Have Impaired Vision?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. You may already know about national organizations providing assistance for people with impaired vision nfb.org/state-and-local-organizations and “Shedding Light on Nurses with Vision Loss.”

The ADA Amendments specify that mitigating measures or devices such as special eye wear cannot be considered in determining whether a person has an impairment that substantially limits a major life activity (the criterion for protection under the ADA). This means that your bioptics (described below) or other special adaptations that help you function well do not disqualify you for protection under the ADA. In addition, here are some specific suggestions from our Board members about how you might adapt to the clinical setting:

  • Use a clip-on magnifier for hands-free magnification or hand magnifiers.
  • Use lenses such as those used by surgeons or a bioptic, which work like binoculars. You can zoom in or out until you can see the object. A specialist in low vision optometry can prescribe these special binocular glasses.
  • Review different low vision websites for instruments to test out in the learning laboratory with your instructor. You may need different items for different tasks; make sure you can return the ones that do not work for you.
  • Use a headband light. Extra light is extremely important in accomplishing clinical tasks; fluorescent lights are problematic for people with low vision.
  • Use a talking blood pressure device and talking thermometer.
  • For charting on paper: A hand-held magnification device from Telesensory utilizes a computer screen where the size of the object/print can be enlarged.
  • For computer charting: Screen magnifiers (programs added to agency mainframes or a pen drive that can be taken from computer to computer) work wonders for anyone with low vision. Zoomtext is one of the available assistive technology software programs but there are many companies that sell these products.
  • For catheterizing: A headband light can help you view the area for catheter insertion a little better. Get closer than other nurses to the patient, while making sure to maintain the sterile field. Extra light and closer proximity to the patient are the keys to this procedure. 
  • For tracheotomy care: Extra light and magnification glasses or clip-ons will help. With gloved hands, place one index finger alongside the tracheotomy so that you can feel the opening. Use that finger as a guide to insert the suction tube into the trach. Because you will get closer than other nurses (while still maintaining your sterile field), you may want to wear a mask. This may take a little practice but it works.
  • For IV medication administration: Again, the key is getting close and having adequate light. You can use magnifier glasses to make the very small print larger and a headband light to view the small connections for the tubing. 

Other resources for you include the following:




Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

What Jobs in Nursing Can I do if I Have Physical Limitations?

What Jobs in Nursing Can I do if I Have Physical Limitations?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

For information about how to get a job or get through school, contact your
State Vocational Rehabilitation Program. and Job Accommodation Network. There are more and more nursing jobs for people with physical limitations. Here are some suggestions:

  • Legal consultation (training is available on-line)
  • Lactation consultant
  • Occupational health
  • Psychiatric or mental health nursing
  • Case management
  • Triage at a home care agency
  • Quality assurance reviews
  • Chart reviews for a nursing home
  • Drug reviews or physical exams for insurance companies
  • On-line teaching for masters or doctorally-prepared nursing faculty
  • Protocol reviews for research projects
  • If you want part-time, interview only for part time or find another nurse who can share the job with you.
  • While you are looking for a job:
  • Do not let your license lapse. You cannot practice without a renewal, which generally involves taking a refresher course requiring clinical hours.
  • Keep up with your continuing education credits (CEUs) if required by your State Board of Nursing.
  • Think about going on for an advanced degree so that you may teach part time at a community college or in a CNA course.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

If my school allows me to repeat an exam because I did not receive adequate accommodations for a learning disability, does this set a precedent so that all other students must get the same consideration?

If my school allows me to repeat an exam because I did not receive adequate accommodations for a learning disability, does this set a precedent so that all other students must get the same consideration?

Explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state
National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals. Yes, the ADA Amendments cover major life activities that can be limited by learning disabilities (for example, learning and concentrating) and provide protection for you.

Support and Activism
For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living. Also, contact your local adapt organization to learn about activism.

Under the ADA, qualified students with disabilities are dealt with on individual basis. If an appropriate accommodation is for you to retake an exam, that does not set a precedent or mean that the option has to be offered to all other students.

If there are no clear procedures for requesting accommodations, you have grounds to complain to the school administration and to the
Office for Civil rights (OCR), if you so choose. If there are clearly stated procedures for requesting services and you followed them, but were not given appropriate support, then you can appeal that decision both internally and externally, again, through the Office for Civil rights (OCR).

If you did not follow the stated procedures, then you are on less solid ground. Even so, if you repeatedly asked for help from your faculty for a learning disability, they should have referred you back to the Disability Services office at your campus to for support and formal accommodations.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

What Should I Do if Have a Disability that May Prevent Me from Becoming a CNA but a Nursing Program Requires that I Earn that Certification Before I Can Enter their Program?

What Should I Do if Have a Disability that May Prevent Me from Becoming a CNA but a Nursing Program Requires that I Earn that Certification Before I Can Enter their Program?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

For assistance with the ADA, contact the
Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers, then meet with the program coordinator and ask questions. For example, do you actually have to be certified as a nursing assistant or do you just have to complete the classroom portion of the course with a passing grade? If there are areas that you can’t physically complete, can you verbally instruct someone else on how to complete the task? You might also ask for a waiver for the CNA portion. Make sure to contact your State Board of Nursing which regulates CNA programs to see how they might work with you to accomplish your goals. Finally, find a strong advocate, someone who can speak well to disability law, and remember that not all nursing programs are restrictive in this way – look around for another program which may be a better fit.

Also, learning about the
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

What Happens if I Am Asked to Sign a Document Stating that I Have No Disabilities?

What Happens if I Am Asked to Sign a Document Stating that I Have No Disabilities?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.

For assistance with the ADA, contact the
Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

What Do I Do if I Feel I Have Been Discriminated Against Because of My Disability?

What Do I Do if I Feel I Have Been Discriminated Against Because of My Disability?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.

For assistance with the ADA, contact the
Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

Support and Activism
For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

What Happens if My Request for Accommodation is Denied?

What Happens if My Request for Accommodation is Denied?

Please explore our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact your state National Disability Rights Network. Be sure to click on your state so that you get relevant and timely information.

For assistance with the ADA, contact the
Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers. Learning about the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals.

Support and Activism
For connections with people with disabilities in your community, contact your local
Center for Independent Living.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Can I Be a Nurse if I am Person of Small Stature?

Can I Be a Nurse if I am Person of Small Stature?
Absolutely, you can be a nurse if you are a person of small stature. You can start by exploring our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work. You also could contact Little People of America and discuss the situation. They might be able to connect you with a mentor/advocate who can help you navigate your journey.

NOND board members welcome the opportunity to speak with you if you do not find what you need on our website. You also will want to contact these resources, according to your specific needs:




Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

How do I Advocate for Myself as a Person with a Disability?

How do I Advocate for Myself as a Person with a Disability?

Learning how to be your own advocate is a crucial skill. You can start by exploring our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

You also will want to contact these resources, according to your specific needs:



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

What Steps Do I Take When I Need Help with Disability Questions?

What Steps Do I Take When I Need Help with Disability Questions?

If you’re reading this FAQ, you already know about NOND, the “voice of disability in nursing.” You can start by exploring our website for resources in regard to education, advocacy, and work.

NOND board members welcome the opportunity to speak with you if you do not find what you need on our website.

You also will want to contact these resources, according to your specific needs:



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

How Can I Understand my Legal Rights as a Person with a Disability?

How Can I Understand my Legal Rights as a Person with a Disability?

The first step to understanding your legal rights is to do your homework. You can start by exploring our website for resources in regard to
education, advocacy, and work. Information from the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, can be found at www.ada.gov/cguide.htm.

Learning about the
ADA Amendments Act of 2008 will help you to understand how the ADAAA broadens coverage for many individuals. Other helpful resources include your state National Disability Rights Network and the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance Centers.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Do I Have to be Academically Qualified to Enter a Nursing Program, Even if I Have a Disability?

Do I Have to be Academically Qualified to Enter a Nursing Program, Even if I Have a Disability?

Yes, you must be academically qualified. Nursing requires a solid foundation in the humanities, social sciences, and biological sciences, among others, and you will need to come to your nursing program well-prepared in these areas.

If you have a disability and would like to become a nurse, it is good to know your rights.
For protection, advocacy, and legal assistance, contact the National Disability Rights Network in your state. For assistance with the ADA, contact the Americans with Disabilities Act Technical Assistance http://adata.org/Static/Home.html. See also Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.



Disclaimer: The National Organization of Nurses with Disabilities (NOND) does not offer legal advice but NOND does offer resources to help you understand your rights, protections, and responsibilities within various Disability Rights Laws.

Are Private Schools Subject to the ADA?

Are private schools subject to the ADA?
by Bronwynne Evans
Yes, Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination in public accommodations. Private schools must eliminate unnecessary eligibility standards that deny access to individuals with disabilities, and make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, and procedures that deny access unless a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program would result. They also must furnish auxiliary aids such as interpreters, notetakers, or readers when necessary to ensure effective communication, unless an undue burden or fundamental alteration would result.
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