CODI: Cornucopia of Disability Information

PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EMPLOYMENT AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS

			 RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
		   PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES IN EMPLOYMENT
			  AND PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS
				  Fall 1990


				INTRODUCTION


	New York City is committed to the fullest possible integration of
people with disabilities into the mainstream of society.  From the
perspective of City agencies, this involves employment, provision of
services and opportunities for participation in all manner of City-sponsored
activities. The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) is
responsible for coordinating and developing Cinycrtrsp.ascty policies and
programs to achieve these goals, as well as for over-seeing implementation
of those policies, programs and related laws and regulations.[1] In keeping
with these mandates, we previously distributed copies of It's the Law:
Rights of People with Disabilities (by MOPD) and of Rights of People with
Disabilities (by the Association of the Bar of the City of New York; edited
by MOPD's Counsel, Mark H.  Leeds).  Additional copies are available from
MOPD on request.

	This handbook outlines Federal, State and City prohibitions against
discrimination on the basis of a person's disability, including, where needed
by the person, the requirements for reasonable accommodations for people with
disabilities.  Provisions from relevant laws and regulations are reviewed;
suggested communications to agency personnel and report forms are included.
To facilitate day-to-day use, detailed references to the many laws and
regulations on which this handbook is based have been placed in a "Foot
notes" section at the rear.  While we have taken care to be accurate in our
summarizations of these laws and regula tions, the texts of those laws and
regulations will govern, together with relevant court and administrative
agency interpretations; this manual neither creates rights nor imposes
duties.  Agency Equal Employment Opportunity Officers, Disability Rights
Coordinators and Counsel should feel free to contact MOPD's Counsel Unit
(particularly our Disability Rights Coordinator/Assistant Counsel) when
assistance is needed in applying the guidance set forth in this volume.  (In
the past, agency personnel dealing with disability issues frequently have
been called "504 Coordinators"; however, executive level Equal Employment
Opportunity Officers should be responsible for disability issues as well as
for matters affecting other minority groups and women.)