Your Guide to Parkinson's Resources

Legal Aid Society: Employmant Law Center

180 Montgomery Street Suite 600
San Francisco , CA 94104
(415) 864-8848

Individuals with actual or perceived disabilities are particularly vulnerable to discrimination in employment. The law protects many people with disabilities, including people with mental health or other “hidden” disabilities, from employment-related discrimination. In addition, the law may require that an employer eliminate barriers for workers with disabilities and provide other reasonable accommodations that allow these workers to perform their jobs.  The available fact sheets will help to answer your questions about state and federal employment laws, reasonable accommodation, Family Medical Leave and more.

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The office of Disability Employment Policy provides national leadership on disability employment policy by developing and influencing the use of evidence-based disability employment policies and practices, building collaborative partnerships, and delivering creditable and authoritative data on employment of people with disabilities. Visit this Web site for publications including accommodations in the workplace, discrimination, and job seeking.
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United States Department of Justice

950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section - NYA
Washington, DC 20530
(800) 514-0301

The US Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information line. The service allows businesses, government offices, and individuals to call and ask questions about general or specific ADA requirements, including questions about the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
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Rosalind Jaffe, known as the "Chronic Illness Career Coach," writes extensively about chronic illness and the workplace. Those who are unemployed or underemployed may want to consider adding their name to the "Back to Work" waiting list; a small program Rosalind maintains for those who are unable to afford her regular coaching fee. Visit the site's Blog for even more information about working with a chronic illness.
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Job Accommodation Network (JAN)

P.O. Box 6080
Morgantown, WV 26506
(800) 526-7234

The Job Accommodation Network is a service provided by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy. JAN's mission is to help retain disabled workers' employment by providing information on job accommodations. To search specifically for Parkinson's disease, search "By Disability" under the "A-Z of Disabilities and Accommodations" tab.
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Find Local Assistance

Your local Information and Referral Center Coordinator can provide you with referrals and make sure you know about the educational and support activities available in your community.