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Saturday, July 24, 2010

Empowering people with disabilities: Knowledge

Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy's 

Accommodation and Compliance Series: Employees with Fibromyalgia

JAN’s Accommodation and Compliance Series is designed to help employers determine effective accommodations and comply with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Each publication in the series addresses a specific medical condition and provides information about the condition, ADA information, accommodation ideas, and resources for additional information.

Is a FMS/CFS a disability under the ADA?

The ADA does not contain a list of medical conditions that constitute disabilities. Instead, the ADA has a general definition of disability that each person must meet (EEOC, 1992). Therefore, some people with FMS will have a disability under the ADA and some will not. 

A person has a disability if he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment (EEOC, 1992). For more information about how to determine whether a person has a disability under the ADA, visit

This a quick overview of some of the job accommodations that might be useful for people with Fibromyalgia and CFS. For a more in depth discussion, access JAN's publications at To discuss an accommodation situation with a consultant, contact JAN directly.

Remeber: Knowledge is power.

Gentle hugs and always be learning,

1 comment:

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