The UnitedStates Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO)
policy is to fully comply with the reasonable accommodation
requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended,
29 U.S.C. sec. 791 et seq. (Act); 29 C.F.R. pts. 1614, 1630.
The USPTO is committed to providing reasonable accommodations
to employees and job applicants who are qualified individuals with disabilities, in order
to ensure that they enjoy access
to all employment opportunities at the USPTO.
Reasonable accommodation is a cooperative, interactive process between the individual with a disability and the USPTO. The USPTO will process requests for reasonable accommodation and, where required by law, provide reasonable accommodations in a prompt, fair, and efficient manner.
Click here for the Request For Reasonable Accommodation Form.
Laws,Regulations, and Policies
Act of 1973, Sections 501 and 505 - the text of Sections
501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Pub. L.
93-112) (Rehab. Act), as amended, as these sections appear
in volume 29 of the United States Code, beginning at section
791. Section 501 prohibits employment discrimination against
individuals with disabilities in the Federal sector. Section
505 contains provisions governing remedies and attorney's
fees under Section 501. Relevant definitions that apply
to sections 501 and 505 precede these sections.
- Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section
508 - Section 508 requires that Federal agencies must
ensure comparable accessibility to persons with disabilities
whenever that agency uses electronic or information technology,
unless such access would impose an undue burden. This web
site contains the text of Section 508, as amended, as well
as other materials.
Guidance and Regulations:
Federal Sector Equal Employment Opportunity : 29 C.F.R. pt. 1614
- Increasing Employment of Adults with Disabilities,
March 13, 1998.
Order 13124 - Amending the Civil Service Rules Relating
To Federal Employees With Psychiatric Disabilities,
June 4, 1999.
Order 13164 - Requiring Federal Agencies to Establish
Procedures to Facilitate the Provision of Reasonable Accommodation,
October 20, 2000.
Assistive Technology (AT) Showcase is now open to Federal
This showcase displays assistive technology devices and equipment,
as well as a variety of ergonomic workplace solutions. The
facility is at the General Services Administration, 1800 F
Street, NW, Room 1216. For information on walk-in hours or
to schedule an appointment, call 202-501-3322.
Users may call via the Federal Relay Service (FRS) at 1-800-877-8339.]
of Labor Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) publishes a
variety of fact sheets and other publications
on disability issues on its website.