The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in several areas, including employment, transportation, public accommodations, communications and access to state and local government’ programs and services.
The US Department of Health and Human Services enforces federal laws that prohibit the discrimination against persons with disabilities. These various laws protect all persons with disabilities from discrimination, including parents and guardians, students, and employees. As such, all staff, managers, and partners of the M.I.N.D. are required to comply and undergo training related to such anti-discrimination policies.
Disability harassment is unwelcome conduct based on an individual’s actual or perceived disability. Disability harassment can take many forms, including slurs, taunts, stereotypes, or name-calling, as well as disability-motivated physical threats, attacks, or other hateful conduct.
Bullying or harassment of an individual with a disability on any basis can result in termination and/or legal action. When an employee knows or reasonably should know of possible disability harassment, they must take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate or otherwise determine what occurred. If an investigation reveals that the harassment created a hostile environment, the M.I.N.D. will take reasonably calculated prompt and effective steps to end the harassment, eliminate the hostile environment, prevent its recurrence, and, as appropriate, remedy its effects.
Section 1557 is the nondiscrimination provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in certain health programs or activities. Section 1557 extends nondiscrimination protections to individuals participating in:
HHS’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will continue to enforce important protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or disability, as well as other sex discrimination provisions.
If you believe you have been discriminated against on one of the bases protected by Section 1557, you may file a complaint with OCR.
Section 504 and the ADA protect qualified individuals with disabilities from discrimination on the basis of disability in the provision of benefits and services.
Covered entities must not, on the basis of disability:
Covered entities must:
Additional information and training materials may be found on the HHS OCR website: https:// www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/index.html