The Americans with Disabilities Act has been protecting employees with disabilities for over 30 years. The New Jersey equivalent is known as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination and is one of the broadest and most expansive laws protecting employees with disabilities in the country. Together, the NJ LAD and the ADA provide strong and broad support for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to seek and obtain accommodations, so they may work in the community.
In more recent years, a self-advocacy movement has swept the country, especially among those with disabilities. The following materials are intended to help you understand what your rights are in the workplace as a person with a disability, under both the federal law (ADA) and the state law (NJ LAD). You will learn, among other things, everything you need to know about requesting a reasonable accommodation, as well as the rules surrounding disability disclosure. You will gain all the knowledge you need to empower yourself in your workplace.