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What rights do I have at work as an adult with learning disabilities?

Interpretation of federal, state, and local laws is complicated! If you have a critical concern, consult a qualified attorney or other expert for a definitive answer to your question.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits private employers, state and local governments, employment agencies, and labor unions from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment. An individual with a disability is a person who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is regarded as having such an impairment.

You can get more in-depth information from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission:

You might also be interested in the following articles and books that provide information for adults with disabilities in the workplace:

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