On January 3, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued a final rule amending the regulations implementing Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The amended regulations require federal agencies, as an affirmative obligation, to provide Personal Assistance Services (PAS), absent undue hardship, to individuals who need them because of their targeted disability. Targeted disabilities are a subset of disabilities deemed more severe on the Office of Personnel Management's Standard Form 256, such as Traumatic Brain Injury and paralysis.
PAS means assistance with performing activities of daily living that an individual would typically perform if he or she did not have a disability, such as eating and using the restroom. Agencies are only required to provide PAS when the individual is working or on work-related travel.
As a model employer, it is the Department of the Navy's (DON) policy to provide PAS to its employees in accordance with 29 Code of Federal Regulations § 1614.203(d)(5), absent undue hardship on the agency. In addition, the DON shall not discriminate against individuals in employment decisions based on their need for PAS.
Employees requesting PAS shall notify their supervisor and/or their servicing Reasonable Accommodation point of contact in order to initiate the process. In order to address requests for PAS, the DON shall follow the DON Policy for Personal Assistance Services and the DON Procedures for Processing Requests for Personal Assistance Services, which are posted on this site.
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