Bender Consulting Services works with private and public sector customers to improve access to employment opportunities and digital workplace accessibility.  Specific disability legislation and guidelines provide a framework for these efforts.  Through various service offerings, Bender Consulting can assist customers in achieving and exceeding compliance with these key regulations.

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 503): Establishes a nationwide 7% utilization goal of employees with disabilities for federal contractors and subcontractors across all job groups, or the entire workforce if the contractor has 100 or fewer employees.  The regulations require contractors to document and update annually several quantitative comparisons for people with disabilities who contractors interview and hire. Contractors must invite applicants to self-identify as individuals with disabilities pre- and post-offer.  Federal contractors must also invite employees to self-identify as individuals with disabilities every five years using prescribed language from the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs.

Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance ActProhibits federal contractors and subcontractors from discriminating in employment against protected veterans, and requires these employers to take affirmative action to recruit, hire, promote, and retain these veterans. The final rule strengthens the affirmative action provisions of the regulations to aid contractors in their efforts to recruit and hire protected veterans and improve job opportunities for protected veterans. 

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504): Prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities by federal agencies or programs or activities that receive federal financial assistance or are conducted by a federal agency.

WCAG 2.0 Guidelines: Establishes a worldwide technical standard for making web content—text, images, sounds, code, structure, and presentation accessible to users with disabilities. 

Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 508): Requires federal electronic and information technology to be accessible to people with disabilities, including employees and members of the public.

ADA Amendments Act (2008): Expanded the definition of disability, which had previously been scaled back due to Supreme Court decisions. 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 1990:  Title I prohibits discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in the job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, training, and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment;  applies to all employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments, employment agencies and to labor organizations.  Title II addresses state and local government services.  Title III regulates public accommodations.  Title IV requires that telecommunications companies offering telephone service to the general public must have telephone relay service to individuals who use telecommunication devices for the deaf (TTYs) or similar devices.  Title V prohibits coercing, threatening, or retaliating against individuals with disabilities or those who assist people with disabilities in asserting their rights under the ADA.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: Entitles individuals with disabilities to a free and appropriate public education. 

Telecommunications Act of 1996 (Section 255): Requires telecommunication manufacturers and service providers to make their products and services accessible to people with disabilities.