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Resources for Individuals with Disabilities

Resources for Individuals with Disabilities.
This is a list of resources for Applicants, Employees, and Managers.

Frequently, it’s necessary for employers to make a workplace accommodation for a qualified individuals with a disability (IWDs), if requested and appropriate. Reasonable accommodations can apply job duties and/or where and how job tasks are performed. A reasonable accommodation should make it easier for the employee to successfully perform the duties of the position.

NASA is dedicated to enhancing its recruitment, promotion, and retention of qualified persons with disabilities by providing the information and resources necessary to support them and to accomplish the Agency’s mission. To implement the requirements of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, the Agency is committed to providing timely and effective reasonable accommodations to known physical or mental limitations of individuals (employees and job applicants) who meet the statutory definition of a qualified individual with a disability, unless to do so would cause undue hardship to the Agency.

Who is an Individual with a Disability?

An individual with a Disability is one who:

  • Has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities;
  • Has a record of such an impairment; or
  • Is generally regarded as having such an impairment.

Who is a Qualified Individual with a Disability?

A qualified individual with a disability is a person who, with or without a reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the job in question.

What is a Reasonable Accommodation?

A reasonable accommodation is any modification or adjustment to a job, an employment practice, or the work environment that makes it possible for a qualified individual with a disability to enjoy equal employment opportunities.

There are three categories of reasonable accommodations:

  • Modifications or adjustments to a job application process to permit an individual with a disability to be considered for a job (such as providing application forms in alternative formats like large print or Braille);
  • Modifications or adjustments necessary to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job (such as providing sign language interpreters); and
  • Modifications or adjustments that enable employees with disabilities to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment (such as removing physical barriers in an office cafeteria).

What is PAS?

As part of NASA’s obligation to engage in affirmative action, NASA provides Personal Assistance Services (PAS) to individuals who need them because of certain disabilities. PAS are services that help individuals who, because of targeted disabilities, require assistance to perform basic activities of daily living, like eating and using the restroom. PAS are specifically for Individuals with Targeted Disabilities. The individual must be able to perform the essential functions of the job, once PAS and any required Reasonable Accommodations have been provided.

Disability Information and Resources

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Memo Encouraging Employees to Self-Identify with a Disability (ODEO)
NASA Center Contacts for Reasonable Accommodation Requests
NASA Employees’ and Applicants’ Rights under the Architectural Barriers Act
Encouraging Self-Identification of Disability
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Questions and Answers on Personal Assistance Services
Center Disability Program Managers

Center Resources

Ames Research Center

Ames Disability Advocates

Armstrong Flight Research Center

Glenn Research Center

Goddard Space Flight Center


Johnson Space Center

Kennedy Space Center

Langley Research Center

Marshall Space Flight Center

Stennis Space Center