Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Accommodation Procedures

Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the federal sector and requires federal agencies to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees or employment applicants with disabilities, unless doing so would cause undue hardship.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) fully complies with the reasonable accommodation requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. SSA is dedicated to improving the employment, retention, and advancement of qualified persons with disabilities by providing reasonable accommodation information and resources. To that end, SSA processes requests for reasonable accommodation and, where appropriate, provide reasonable accommodation in a prompt, fair, and efficient manner.

In addition, as required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, SSA has established a written policy to assist agency employees and managers with processing requests for reasonable accommodation. SSA's policy contains a comprehensive explanation of reasonable accommodation procedures for submitting or responding to reasonable accommodation requests.

For further information regarding Social Security's Reasonable Accommodation policy and procedures, you may direct your email to

S1630_1 -  Reasonable Accommodation Program

S1630_1 -  Reasonable Accommodation Delegations of Authority

S1630_1 -  Exhibit 1 Reasonable Accommodations Program Roles and Responsibilities

S1630_1 -  Exhibit 2 Procedures-NRAC Review of Recommended Denials

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab A – Instructions for Updating RAPIDS and Uploading Documents

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab B – Recommendation for Denial of Reasonable Accommodation-Request to National Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab C – Email to Employee from Local Delegated Official-Recommendation of Partial Accept/Denial of RA and Transmition to NRAC

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab D – Email to Employee from NRAC Review Team-Recommendation of Denial of RA and Transmission to NRAC

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab E – Closeout Letter to Employee-Denial of RA Request

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab F – Decision Transmittal Memo to Local Delegated Official

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab G – Letter to Employee-Reconsideration of Decision to Deny RA

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab H – Notice of Withdrawal of Reasonable Accommodation Request

S1630_1 – Exhibit 2, Tab I – Withdrawal of Reasonable Accommodation Request Close-out Letter

S1630_1 Exhibit 3 – Readers, Personal Assistants and Staff Sign Language Interpreters

S1630_1 Exhibit 4 – Accessibility of Meetings, Conferences and Seminars

Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator Contacts