Disability Awareness

Disability Employment Awareness Month

Enhancing Possibility Through Accessibility

The National Institutes of Health celebrates National Disability Employment Awareness Month, as we remain deeply committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our research and workplace.


True accessibility is when everyone has equitable access to the essential needs for doing their work. Only when you have such access, can you bring your whole self to work each day.

We’re bringing attention to NIH’s Reasonable Accommodation Program. The Program is designed to guide and consult employees and managers through the process of making changes to their work environment and exceptions to Agency policies. It aims to enable people with disabilities to perform their essential job functions so that they might enjoy equal employment opportunities.

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A Reasonable Accommodation is any change or modification in the work environment or in the way things are customarily done, including exceptions to a particular office policy and/or procedures, which would enable a qualified individual with a disability to apply for a position, perform the essential functions of a position, and/or enjoy equal employment opportunities.

EDI manages the NIH Reasonable Accommodation Program. In accordance with the Rehab Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act, the NIH has a legal obligation to provide reasonable accommodation(s) to qualified individuals with disabilities.

Only when you have access, can you bring your whole self to work each day.